Big changes rarely come quickly. When they happen you can see the long path that lead to it, even though it might appear to have come from nowhere.
I have been working very hard, creating new work, forging new links with those who might endorse me, building a loyal and warm customer base and collaborating with other creatives. You have to keep going, believing it was the right path as so many believed in the uniqueness of what I was doing, as did I. I haven't been making a living from it so I now find myself working full time. It's full-on and I can only work on my business in days off and evenings. I have considerable experience in digital media so, thankfully, despite a confidence blip, I could go back into this where I left off 5 years ago. I feel quite lucky as many creatives don't have such a back-up.
I have decided to get this work, business, home, friends, family life re-arranged in a different order. There is much sanity in setting up a solid income source, building foundations. At the same time, I want to take a step away from the season by season renewal. I feel as though this time will be one away from direct making, creating for a while, maybe a year. I have a version 2 brewing, a bigger renewal, which will probably be more refined and focused. It will probably contain some core elements of Eloise Grey as she stands now. But, there will be a new direction. Once I have found stability in my digital work, I will look to carving out time in my Eloise Grey work and take it from there.
With that in mind, I won't be taking any new orders or making new stock, at least for this year, but will be selling my current stock of beautiful tweeds. Consequently, I have reduced my prices.