Monday, April 30, 2012

Growing in New Directions



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It was time to make some changes. After spending roughly six months working for Premier, which is a great company and has a lot of great people, I realized that something really big in my life needed to change -- my direction. I think that starting out in this industry, you can apply your talents in so many different directions that you don't really know where you'll end up. For me, I started out doing things I loved (like color selection, and coming up with ways to connect great designers with great yarns), and then it turned me towards a job where I did a lot of things I liked (designing yarns, coming up with inspirations), but a lot of things that I didn't enjoy, too -- like handling angry customers, developing marketing strategies, and handing production timelines. I tend to operate better on a presentation and inspiration cycle, where I come up with ideas and show them to someone, and they either use it or they don't, should it match their ideas. But when it came to some of our customers, it was more trying to cater to the ideas that they had than to suggest something new. For me, it culminated in a feeling of lost creativity, and it wasn't making me very happy. It wasn't making our customers happy either. Sometimes, things aren't a great fit, and you have to grow in a new direction.

Luckily, I have been able to move from Premier into developing a dream of my own. I hope that all of you will stay tuned for the next few weeks when I start debuting tiny hints and then finally the full fledged project. I think it's pretty perfect for me, and hope that more than a few people will connect with it, as well. If there's anything you need to know about it, just know that it will be beautiful, and fun, and colorful. As always.