For the past few months, Silent Storyteller has been put on the back burner. Feeling guilty about it too!
Times have been busy and there is no sign of things changing. From now until the end of January I will be designing, knitting and making pieces for the second opening of our pop up The Silent Gallery, Christmas madness at Bow and for showcase of Autumn Winter 2012 early next year.
It's all positive, I guess. I'm back wholesaling next year... open for 'business to business' again, under my own terms and not compromising margins, like I did before.
The past few years have been a real challenge, financially, trying to raise cash to keep selling so I can cover holes and keep producing. It's been like going round and round in circles with blindfold.
Late next year, if all goes to plan, I'll be in a much easier place
Many shops have been knocking on my door, but financing production had become an impossible task as banks were reluctant to lend money, and to be honest I didn't want to have months of sleepless nights not knowing if shops were surviving the turmoil and changing times (crisis and customers shifting to online shopping) and if I would even get paid.
Ireland has saved my business, quite ironic as before I was dependent on Japan and US for business 'success'... the challenge is on going, but thanks to a very kind group of people, including press, stylists, personal shoppers, customers and SPECIALLY to Margaret and Wendy (at Bow), I've managed to sail through the worst
For now I shall go back to my giant crochet hook and mega pom poms!
See you soon