Back to la rentrée (which may be a tautology, but I don't care.) I really like the concept, as it fits with my approach to life. I've always related to time in a physical and unconscious way, which I think I've written about here before. Times of year have reminders for my whole system which I can be quite unaware of until I realise what is happening. Some, though, like the start of the academic year, are much more conscious. Until about five years ago part of my life was always organised around the academic year and as well as often feeling it was a chance to do better work in a new academic year, I've always arranged my life around it. Even my household finance budget is organised from September to August, a throwback to the time when I first took over organising the joint incomes in my first marriage.
Now I'm only involved in my creative work, la rentrée is still a significant time for me. It marks the beginning of doing more markets and shows and making work specifically for seasonal shoppers. (I was going to use another word instead of 'seasonal' but decided that September was too early for it.)
This year, in particular, la rentrée is particularly real for me. I'm back at work. Nothing all that startling in that, I suppose, but the notable thing is that I'm back at work and I'm well! Only now do I realise how unwell I was and for how long. It's great to be back. I've been working on new textiles pieces. No, you can't see these until my exhibition in October/November, which I will be telling you more about in due course. I've also been making new stock of earrings. First a new design, stripey triangles, designed to go with the triangle scarf design:
And then a new colour range, which I hope will be popular for the autumn. Black is the new black.