Speaking of blogs, courtesy of Seth (Textilesmithing) I found a new-to-me blog that I love called Poppy Gall. Originally a fine artist, she grew a company, sold it, became a freelance designer and then in 1998, co-founded another company called Isis.
I’m telling you, her site exemplifies the real world of a professional clothing designer. Or rather, she epitomizes what (I think) every service provider out there aspires to work with. I don’t think I’ve ever worked for somebody who has it this together.
For example, when she freelanced, she worked as a trend and color specialist specifically for ski and outdoor sports (markets are that specialized). One of her sample palettes, a composition of flotsam and sea weed sown on a rocky beach is shown at right. However unfamiliar her name is to you (it was to me) her work speaks: she is a star.
In another entry -after a three week ski trip to Iceland- she documents pattern creation of Icelandic sweater design. This is what real designers do, what real designers find, analogies and holistic design patterns culled from the natural world. I’m not a designer; I never would have put the two together but she seems to do it effortlessly. Maybe it’s not effortless but the results seem as though it is. You may never see her line on a New York fashion runway but this is genius of another sort. Her work is a better representation of a successful, comfortable and sustainable -but not marque famous- design career.
I only have one criticism of the site, that being the lack of categories to sort entries. Although it will take some time for you to survey it fully, there are also entries relating to the technical side of producing a line that are similarly excellent guidance to all of you who aspire to make a rewarding life long career in this industry. I hope you enjoy this site as much as I have.