The seemingly eternal quest for perfection is such a double-edged sword for a designer. The devil is in the details and I do have a habit of tying myself in knots over them. Could the width of that stitch be any narrower? The colour any brighter? Would that be too gaudy, perhaps? Maybe something a little more subtle would give it the perfect dose of je ne sais quoi. Surely subtle is just another word for boring? This is childrenswear, after all. Shouldn't it be positively bursting with effervescence? Not too much effervescence, though - lest it become too gaudy.
Needless to say, I get thoroughly fed up with listening to these thoughts go round and round in my head. Annie and Tina have written about how cathartic and freeing it can be to let go so I, of course, felt grateful that I was inspired to find a way to do just that.
In my first year as a fashion student, I did quite a bit of life drawing. My illustration tutor felt it would be a great way to understand the human body, how it moved and therefore how to dress it. I had done some life drawing before but this was different. I was encouraged to draw with my left hand, scribble like a child unaccustomed to holding a pencil in their hand and to produce work in such a short space of time that there was little room for over-analyzing - or erasing.
It was probably the most fun I have ever had in an academic setting. We all took turns modelling and churned out reams of wonderfully zany work. I got a few pieces of mine out and taped them to my studio wall as a reminder of the great things that can happen when you Just Do It.
How do you cope with moments of self-doubt? What works for you?