So it’s been a funny old time... I anticipated the freedom and focus that I would get after finishing my internship! Head down, work hard, get things going again. This has been the case but my efforts have been directed in ways that I wasn’t expecting.
I’ve been working on commissions and custom orders which is very exciting. I’ve also been preparing my most recent collection for London fashion week. I’ve finally done a photoshoot of Set Sail my graduate collection. I’ve planned more than ever, I’ve thought about the brand in a different way and I’ve found my confidence again. It feels incredible to have been asked to show my work off in London as a part of fashion week. Such an honor.
As I said though, this is not what I had expected or planned. I thought I would graduate and it would be onto the next collection! New films, new events and new art. I thought it would be skateboarding for breakfast, tailoring for lunch and DJing for dinner. It’s more like a mad scramble to make what I can with the resources I have already made and with the time I have available to me.
Despite wanting to do so much and not seeing those things happen for the first time in as long as I can remember I don’t feel incredibly stressed, worried, fearful or filled with regret. I’ve been reading a lot trying to reframe my approach to my work, the company and my life. For too long everything has been panic stations and doomsday diversions. Too much self doubt and poor perspective hasn’t just slowed the process, it’s made it painful.
I’m always preaching keep swimming, keep smiling and keep believing and yet I’m never living it myself. I hide away from my self inflicted reality rather than facing the facts and fighting my fears.
Opportunities come and go like buses. With a little bit of patience and a lot less ruminating you notice the ones that arrive more than the ones that don’t...
Plans happen when they happen and huffing and puffing about it in between only leaves you short of breath!!!
Go with the flow and grow with the flow.
Thanks for being patient.
So it’s been a little while of very little movement. Sporadic flashes that fluttered by.
Things lost the pace they initially began with and quietened off. Communications have been intermittent and lacking the original zealous that they were once rammed full of.
Dread Decks is a one man band with the support of many incredible people. Over the coming few months I shall go into more detail of why things paused, I’ll touch on many things from mental health to business, relationships to sunken ships, future planning to focussing. The top and bottom of it was in order to grow further we had to further, ourselves first.
In the coming few weeks we have lots of really exciting things on their way for you!!! We shall be releasing never seen before photoshoots both old and new! In celebration of where we have got to, we will be taking a look back over the years that got us here! There will be new art, blog posts, an email newsletter and some new videos on their way. We have two brand new Dread Tailoring commissions that we can’t wait to reveal! And finally we have a big event coming up in London that we shall be revealing more about very soon!!
It’s going to be a mad couple of weeks and we are so glad you came along for the ride!! Thanks for reading, keep swimming and keep smiling!!
Love Dom x
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