Taking Flight

Image by Lila Cheekytree

For the past 9 months I’ve been working non-stop to design and create my debut collection of modern silk scarves. I’ve still got a long way to go, but this week I received two small packages from my UPS courier that made me do a little happy dance. Well TWO happy dances actually, one for each delivery.

The first parcel contained my Cheekytree brand labels that will be sewn into each scarf. The second contained a strike-off, a sample of my design custom printed onto silk.

Now the contents of these two packages may not sound that exciting to you – but to me, they are evidence that my little dream is slowly becoming a physical reality.

My friends and family are very supportive. They enthusiastically ask me all sorts of questions. At first I was a bit defensive because I didn’t have all the answers. I still don’t. If I stop to think about everything I need to do, I can feel overwhelmed. So my strategy is to concentrate on what needs to be done today. The rest I add to my to-do list.

My efforts have been focused on creating a collection of scarves that I’d want to wear myself. The designs must be modern, playful and above all, beautiful. Timeless not trendy. Classic but a bit quirky too. They must be unique; unlike anything I can already buy. They must be made to last, not just for this season but for years to come. A collection that’s sensitive to the environment and keeps Mother Nature smiling.

I’m inspired by the words of French film director, Robert Bresson (1901-1999) who was often described as a “painter” of films in a category all their own:

“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps have never been seen.”

As I take flight into unfamiliar territory, I’m determined to enjoy this exhilarating ride. Sure it’s a little scary at times, but it’s the unknown that makes it exciting.