After being away for some time it is often hard getting back to the reality you left behind - an untidy office, bills unpaid, orders not filled and so on.
The exciting things upon your return are new sales enquiries, praise for your product (which I sadly sometimes rely upon to prop up my self-esteem) and of course, unfulfilled orders requiring dispatch. The other great enjoyment that you get is finding that things that weren't ready prior to your departure, have in fact been done in your absence and are waiting for you upon your return.
In that vein, two things which were here for me upon my return was an illustration by famed ex Sydney Morning Herald illustrator Rocco Fazzari and four new limited edition silks that I had been working on.
The reason the silks were highly anticipated was because they were the first silks I had finished using my apple pencil and iPad pro, which was a change in tempo from the traditional use of Adobe illustrator which I usually work off. Over time you sometimes become too jaded by life to enjoy the thrill of seeing your work get translated into silk - so the thrill was in getting my zest back.
Of the four new limited editions, one is based on Gosper's triangle, another based on the Cuban car series as a collaboration with Australian contemporary artist Jasper Knight, there is a scissors teeth which was a doodle from my iPad and finally there is a yet to be released silk designed in collaboration with an ex Marc Jacobs footwear designer, Sloan Angell, who now runs his own line of t-shirts in Los Angeles. Those bow ties will show up on the website in a few days time.