Monday started with me beginning to compile linesheets for A/W14 bags, organising them into individual sheets dependant on what trend story they fell into and then on that bag dividing it up into 'backpacks, crossbodys, tote's etc..' all the bags are still in CAD format as this was a linesheet that i then sent over to the EU buyer who wanted it to go over with all the 'Heads' over in Chicago to decide which would then be approved to then be sent off to sampling to vendors. I enjoy doing this which some would find strange as its not creative in the slightest and is almost monotonous to do but I like being able to do something that doesnt require being creative or second guessing what a buyer wants you to draw (and then adjusting it several hundred times till its their vision not yours) its repetitive and systematic and I know that im doing it right and I like being able to get my head down and get on and do things like this from time to time.
On Tuesday I was recolouring a butterfly print which i have now produced around 50 recolours for, just to be told in the end to adjust slightly the original print we bought; To be honest it was disheartening and felt like id wasted weeks guessing what a buyer wanted; I think thats the thing im finding hardest is that Im constantly second guessing my own judgement because I feel too edgy for the buying teams and I know everything i do needs to be toned down but when im designing I sometimes feel disinterested upon having an amazing idea/drawing it/changing it/changing it/changing it until its the buyers vision not mine. I do however see that im having to learn to adapt and produce things for a target market that isnt my own and my ideas in there most natural state when theyve tumbled from my head arent suited for that market so slowly learning to adjust I know is expanding my skills.
On Wednesday/Thursday I was designing prints for scarfs; for this I used graphics from previous prints that Claires own and compiling them to produce both updated scarf designs and completely new ones which again i found scary because i was unsure if I was doing them right, I kept emailing them to the buyer and recieved positive feedback for an owl print i sent her and then was waiting for feedback on the others on Friday morning; which brings us to now: me ill sat on my bed writing this post!