I was clear from the outset that I want to do something of high quality. While I was perhaps a bit extravagant in getting so many samples printed on silk, for me, I think it was time and money well spent. It has really allowed me to gain a much better understanding of what works. I’ve also seen how the designs I loved as a base pattern or on screen, may not be the ones that jump out when in my hands.
Decision 1 – good quality.
Decision 2 – Made in Britain. There is nothing wrong with using overseas manufacturers, but I felt strongly about wanting to support businesses here and if possible to work locally.
Decision 3 – get samples printed. Tick!
And now for the tough decisions – what on earth am I going to make? I was leaning very strongly towards scarves. They seem to be quite a good start point for designers. I suppose this is because there is a market but also because they are quite easy to produce.
How am I going to sell it? Myself? Directly?
Slowly it is taking shape. The decisions are falling into place. The designs are still piling up but I have made sure I stay focussed. I don’t allow myself to get sidetracked by just creating new designs. I’ve learnt so much (as you will know if you’ve been following me) which means that some of the things I do in the future will be easier.
More to follow in Part 3!