This week I had an appointment with my teacher of the fashion school. She ordered this green coat during my first sale. She is this amazing woman who taught so many woman and men to draw and design and supports us to find our way in de fashion industry. This made me feel very honored to design something for her. I was a little nervous for the fitting but she and the coat looked amazing. These are the special moments which makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
In the last few months I sold a big part of my collection. There are a few woman out there walking around in my designs. It's sometimes hard to believe this is actually really happening. I like the way things are small and very personal at the moment. Getting to know the woman who choose to wear my designs. Coming months I will focus on rebuilding the collection and develop some new designs. Of course to be able to sell again but there is a second reason which I'm totally excited about:
I will have my first fashionshow coming June!
My label "Carolin" will be part of the Fashion Show "The Stijl" of the Modevakschool Arnhem. This show is part of the Fashion Design Festival in Arnhem. A lot of work to do coming months and of course I will keep you posted about my journey to the show.
In the pictures I wear designs of my collection. A woolen short in light yellow in combination with
a beige woolen jumper. I found the shoes as well as the bag in a vintage store in Arnhem.
The last few weeks I spend most of my time working. Getting to know my new job at Studio Jurk which I totally love. I started officially as a teacher last week and I think I found again something that I could do all day and doesn't even feel like work. Another door that has opened since the start of chasing my dreams. Of course I felt insecure and terrified before the offical start but I knew I had to take this change and fight for it. Feels like a great start of the new year to be able to develop myself and enjoy the success.
This grey culotte jumpsuit is one of my favourite items of my collection which I am wearing a lot. In the winter also wearable with a jumper underneath. I like these pictures because of the outfit and they reminds me to be and feel strong and trust the future.
So many resolutions: getting up early to go running for work, working out at least two times a week, spending more time with the people I love, worry less about unimportant stuff, buying something really beautiful once in a while, go out dancing at least every week, devoting every free minute to my start-up in fashion. There is so much to think about and so many plans.
2016 has been a serious rollercoaster for me. So many exciting things happened. There were moments of real excitement where I felt on top of the world and moments of complete emptiness where I couldn't keep up with the speed of life. Looking back I learned so much and I feel gratitude for every moment of happiness and disappointment.
For 2017 I feel like I'm on the right path but it's something to watch closely. I experienced the easiness of getting of track. Following the energy of my surroundings instead of my own. So for me, my most important New Year's Resolution is to follow my own energy. Life shouldn't be a constant battle. Sometimes just being is enough.
A new job! Excited to share with you I got accepted for a new job at Studio Jurk in Nijmgen. Studio Jurk is a great company founded by Hanna and Julia. My first visit at their website www.studiojurk.nl immediatly took my attention. Hanna and Julia share the same passion as I do. Designing and making clothes and hopefully inspire others. I knew I had to take this chance and apply for the job as a teacher. I got accepted! I couldn't be happier. I think the job will be exciting as well as instructive and inspiring. Can't wait to start!
If you are interested in taking classes and learn how to make your own incredible clothes, take a look at their website. New courses will start in february.
Make sure you are on time cause some of the courses are sold out just like concert tickets ^_^.
Last weekend was my second sale. A little different than a few weeks ago. I had a personal appointment with this incredible woman I met at the Airport in Bordeaux. She spoke to me while I was waiting for boarding time. She fell for my outfit as I told her I was a starting designer. Later that day I got her message in my mailbox and we made an appointment to meet. Last saterday was the day and I felt so excited. Just the way this situation went felt like a dream. We met in France and now she was right at my door. It turned out she had the same size as me which made the fitting super easy. The looks were amazing on her and it made me so excited to see someone so beautiful looking even more beautiful in my designs.
The past few weeks and months have been exciting. The first sale, meetings, connecting with people, new projects and a new job opportunity (which I will tell you more about in a few weeks). I feel like I'm constantly on the road which I actually totally love. Time management is starting to get more and more important to get everything done as planned. These pictures are speaking for me at this moment. It's a look of my latest collection. The combination of colored and graphic fabrics is inspiring for me and something I will develop more in my new collection. The bag I'm carrying has been my favourite lately and is a creation of Hester van Eeghen.
When I started my creative journey I remember my fear for the unknown. I choosed a path where no one had been before. I found myself caught between the dream of action and the fear of failure. As the regular thought is that a career in the arts exists outside the social and economic reality: "Art won't pay the bill."
As I looked at the world around me I saw people unsatisfied in their jobs, always hurried and living their lifes as they were expected to. Not at all what they choosed for or even dreamed of. So what was there to loose?
I decided to choose the dream of action.
I am wearing a pinstripe jumpsuit which is another look of my collection. Very suitable for my days at the office.
My collection contains several pieces which are easy in combination. Lately I have been wearing a lot of the same color as well for the trouser as for the top. It's so easy to style in the morning. No problems of making the right combinations and ready for the day in just a minute.
Last thursday I spent my day in Amersfoort at a symposium about the Textile Industry. The day was filled with interesting speakers talking about the developments in the textile industry. Starting, of course, in the beginning, when clothes were made by tailors. People normally had two or three sets clothing to wear. After the Industrial Revolution the textile industry started to grow faster and we all know where we are now.
A super fast fashion industry.
In the afternoon we talked about two projects which are based on slow fashion. One in Amsterdam, the so called Textile Clothing Bussines Labs. A labaratorium which focuses on research for alternative methods to the current clothing industry. The other project, called I DID, is based in Utrecht and focuses on using textile waste to produce design products.
I felt very inspired at the end of the day. It's exciting that slowly projects are coming up against the current fast fashion industry. I think it is the start of a change. A lot to think about and work on.
Have a great sunday!