A New Chapter

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When Wren started I was at a very difficult point in my life. I was struggling for direction and although I knew I had to go forward, I was making it up as I went along hoping for the best.

My first product was made out of necessity. I liked it but never felt it ‘true’ to myself but I did not know what the ‘truth’ was so it had to do. Now a year and half later I am starting to find my feet, lift my chin and stride proudly ahead. I have a much stronger feeling of where I want Wren to grow to and the products that you will see introduced over the next few weeks (hopefully) will clearly show this new direction.

Upside Down me

I am taking a much more natural and upside-down design point of view. Now that I know a little bit about bag designing, sewing and marketing I have started to push this knowledge.    – I have a laptop bag made from paper that is coming out soon. It  is awesome beyond belief.     – I have an antique linen and leather bag that is so close to be finished I am bursting at the seams. It is beautiful in every sense.     – Made from my favourite fabric: the coffee sack, is a new bag that has taken over a year to collect the parts but hopefully not another year to make it.

I am finding the challenge of pushing materials to their limit the greatest adventure ever and in this, I am finding direction, peace and pride. I am having the time of my life.

Read what the other Merry-go-round bloggers say about their NEW CHAPTERS: Mariana, Lily, Jenny, Sara, Agathe, Fabienne, Charlotte and Ruth.

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14 Responses to “A New Chapter”

  1. lily pang September 25, 2009 at 5:00 pm #

    I have little knowledge of sewing and making bags. It is very interesting to read your effort on using materials. Good luck to your work. They are really special and beautiful.

  2. Jesse September 25, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    I’m looking forward to seeing your new designs! They sound amazing.

  3. Agathe/Meherio68 September 25, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

    Wow! This is so inspiring!
    I know what you mean when you talk about “necessity” and “true”… I’m precisely not there yet but you give me hope. I’ll stay stubborn then.

  4. Florcita September 25, 2009 at 6:24 pm #

    What a cool read! It is true to all -I think, a period of blindly moving around the waters not really knowing in which direction or how to swim. but, slowly we find out feet. I think the most important of all is to take pride in what we do and, even if it sounds thrilled, believe in what we make and plan… only way they come to happen.

  5. Ruth - Birdland Creations September 25, 2009 at 7:32 pm #

    I love the upside down approach! We can have our next chapter outlines written, but we still need to be free enough to get caught up in flurries and tides!

  6. Fabienne - Easterya September 25, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    Such an inspiring read!! It pays to keep going, to keep trying until we feel like IT has happened, I soooo agree with you there… Your upside-down approach is genius!!! I absolutely LOVE it!! Can’t wait to see your new creations, they sound AMAZING!!

  7. Nielfa Hanifa September 26, 2009 at 1:13 am #

    All the best in your new chapter… I can’t wait to see the new bag designs :)

  8. Annette September 26, 2009 at 3:29 am #

    Good luck Wendren. It is always so nice to be happy and comfy with your work – and to know that you are going in the right direction – the intuitive feelings always let you know!
    best wishes, Annette

  9. Steffi September 26, 2009 at 10:53 am #

    Great post!I wish you all the best for your new chapter and I am already curious to see your new bags!

  10. Jenny Karlsson Design September 27, 2009 at 10:21 am #

    This was so inspiring and positive to read! I love the coffee sack ideas, not to mention the structure of that fabric. Can’t wait to see your new things!!
    gogogo! :)

  11. fancypicnic September 29, 2009 at 10:48 am #

    You have so much direction! Such a positive post to read, Wendren…a real delight. You’ve come so far in a relatively short space of time, which is only to be admired. I love that you have found your niche and have the next few chapters already written!

  12. Sara's Texture Crafts October 1, 2009 at 6:50 pm #

    It takes a while to find your feet, I think you are quite right about that… that’s when it starts to move more quickly, so hold on to your hat… I see lots of good things happening for you!

    I wish you all the luck! And thank you for being so inspirational.

    Sara x

  13. David August 27, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

    “I am finding direction, peace and pride. I am having the time of my life”
    Simply very touching and beautifull. I guess we all find part of ourselves in your words.
    I hope to find peace and joy out of my art some day. As we say in french : Merci pour la belle inspiration!


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