If there was one headlining takeaway for me from my time away, it's that my focus requires just as much thought, intentionality, machinery and precision as anything else that I craft. I learned that focus isn't fleeting, it's the result of a considerable amount of preparation and care.
How empowering it is to consider that I am only a victim to my feelings if I decide to be.
What have I decided to be or do today? tomorrow? the next day? in light of where I am going.
What have you decided?
The last few seasons, I have put my all into every endeavor I could dream of or join in to. And while some were fruitful, most failed and failed hard. So there is also the element of learning to trust myself and keep trusting myself. There are many more failures to come. How do I know? Because I'm overflowing with ideas! Thus, beauty of PROCESS!
For the last 3 months, I was a full time student at Scuola del Cuoio in Florence, Italy. I spent 6 hours a day under the instruction of two master craftsmen in leather handbag production, alongside 18 other students from all around the world. The rest of the time was spent exploring the city, other areas of Italy, museums, building relationships with my international classmates and learning a new way to live (in a foreign country)....
For the sake of rest, travel and learning, I've decided to hit pause and close shop from September through December.
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This summer marked the send off of my apprentice of 3 years, Lucy. What a pleasure it's been to have worked alongside her; learning as much as teaching.
My time with her has taught me a new appreciation for even the tiniest of details, that the right question can open up new realms in creating and to not be limited by others perception of you, age or otherwise.
The Vision of CHC is to be an accessories industry leader reflecting generosity through a global audience to every community.
As the 5 year mark of building CHC quickly approaches, I've decided to take a sabbatical....
Do not 'act natural.'
What is natural?
Clothes cover our natural bodies..."
Written by Therese Niedbala