Now onto 2018 for Wabi Sabi Designz
Wabi Sabi Designz had a great year with many firsts in 2017! We entered new and exciting territory with a brilliant article about us in the “Ruth” magazine early in the year and advertising in this same magazine bringing our products to the notice of communities in southern and western Queensland as well as northern NSW. Wabi Sabi Designz did remarkably well as a first time participant in the Bush Christmas Exhibition held in Toowoomba in late November – early December. We also continued our successful association with the wonderful Rock Paper Scissors Designers Market here in Mackay.
At the end of 2017, I decided that I needed to computerise all of the important data related to Wabi Sabi Designz – purchasing invoices for the last three years, stock inventory, sales reports, etc, etc – instead of referring to the mountain of paper we have accumulated whenever I need information. What a shock! Who knew we had some much Japanese vintage fabric and obis? This process is very much a time consuming task, highlighted by the day when I couldn’t enter data into a document I had been working on for a week, no matter what I tried. I have to say that my wheels spun wildly until a lifesaving friend appeared to smooth the feathers and get my document back on track again!! Thank you, thank you!!
Throughout this seemingly never ending task, I wander into the workroom and pull out bolts of textiles, and ponder the question of what can I use this fabric for to best show off its beautiful elements. I have designed a new range of clothing using some of these Japanese vintage cottons and silks, combined with linen and silk, to create striking skirts, dresses and jackets. We will also create a new design for an evening bag with some of the elegant and glamorous silk obis. I can’t wait to get started!
Meanwhile, amongst all of this, my faithful companion, Rasta, waits patiently. His big brown eyes follow me everywhere throughout the day. I am sure he sometimes can’t believe how long it is between hearing his favourite words, “Come on, Rasta! Let’s go, time for a walk!” It’s those mournful eyes that do me in every day…….
Now onto 2018 and I hope that this year will also be an exciting year of firsts, with achievements in expanding our market profile, new and creative designs while continuing to satisfy customers as they enjoy having a little wabi sabi in their life.