Back from London where the skies were grey and the tube was packed. Where I swam in the olympic pool, saw friends and art, oohed and aahed at fireworks, sat in front of picturesque fires, watched the sun rise, ate baked beans on toast, hung out with family, got up to watch the sun rise, went to swanky restaurants, danced furiously and dreamed of the year ahead.
Now here I am again in sunny California, slightly jet lagged and with a million new ideas to add to the list.
Silk is undergoing some changes and the future looks to be bold and brilliant. We are twiddling thumbs while we wait for our first bespoke cushions to arrive, two huge and gorgeous pillows made from one of our scarves, with beads, tassles and all manner of artwork to make them special. Our first collaboration and debut into the home furnishings and design world.
We will of course be making more beautiful scarves but are dipping our silky toes into the world of interior design. Expect wallpapers, ceramics and beautiful coverings for those worn out couches. I have a head full of new ideas that range from cute beaded things to jewels with tassles and silk ribbons. It's a year for indulging the imagination and I can't wait.
But for now I am getting over a little jet lag, feeling moderately discombobulated, texting with my new bestie for the year about mermaids and figuring out the next step.
I am thinking about a drive to portland, I feel the need for change. Is my love affair with LA coming to a close? Not sure. I do know that I long for a little humanity. Not to say that there isn't any here but I have an underlying sensation that LA is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I have decided that Silk (which will be getting a new name in the next month or so) must be an antidote, must be a place of calm in an otherwise agenda driven world.
I watched a documentary about Matisse and the cut outs (ticket booked to NY to see the show, excited) and just know that we would have been firm friends. Anyway, the point is that all he wanted to do through his art is create moments of peace. That made my heart jump for joy, isn't that what I've always said? Why yes it is. Blimey. Me and Matisse sitting in a tree......
So, new manifesto. Make beautiful things with beautiful people. Take a step back from the crazy. Create new way of working and representing. Build it and they will come.