I’m just as Canadian as can be. I love Canada. I listen to CBC radio, our national public broadcaster. I read Margaret Atwood novels. I rock out old school to the Guess Who. I say “eh?”. I both pity and envy Americans simultaneously in that smugly self loathing way. I am a proud hoser. My most Canadian trait of all, despite my bloggerhood, is my difficulty admitting that I rock.
In New York, my American friends would accept none of that crap. I’d say “hey, can I hang out with you guys? I don’t want to get in the way, eh?…” and my friends would be all like “duh! What a stupid question!” Or they’d introduce me as “Danielle, the amazing fashion designer,” and I’d be all, “aw shucks, I’m just a recent grad… nothing special really…”
But the truth is (this is hard to write – I feel like an ass) I do rock.
Recent events have demonstrated despite my own doubts that I have mad skills. I can whip up a croquis in seconds, and design a ten-outfit collection in mere hours. I worked hard to get this good. It took a lot of practice. I expect to get better. I keep working at it.
My drawings are fast and lively, while including relevant design data so the construction of the garments I design is apparent.
I do pretty darn fine flats, too. I can whip those up freehand or be more detailed and technical in Illustrator.
I’m a fashion nerd. I didn’t get into fashion for the glamour or the fame. That stuff is interesting to observe but it’s 95% overhyped crap. I just love clothes. And I am just fascinated by everything related to them – from minute construction details to the overall structure of the global industry. I am a total information junkie… culture vulture… I love it. I’ll talk fashion with anyone who’s interested… and I’m curious about what they have to say too.
I care about detail and quality. I strive for the best in my patterns and construction. Even my patterns have to look good – in addition to matching up. This is an ability I’m working hard to improve. It’s such a vast, interesting subject, and I feel like I am just scratching the surface. I’d really like to say I’m not so good at it, but honestly by virtue of how much I care about my work and the level I aim for, I think for a young thing I’m doing pretty well.
Also, I’m a reliable person. When I say I’m going to be somewhere, or do something, expect it to be done! I am punctual (actually early), organized and very conscientious. I love to get absorbed in a task, I don’t like to waste time. I’m happiest when I am working through a problem, using my mind and my hands, improving my skills, completing a goal. I always clean up before and after I work. Getting things organized makes me feel good.
So there it is! I rock, eh? I’ve been told I’m a great employee, so it seems like I’d be a pretty good catch. So pass it on.
Before I sign off this crazy post, I just want to add a couple notes.
1. I don’t want to design for my own label. If I ever do it, it will be in a small and unconventional way. Don’t expect it anytime soon.
2. Though I rock, I’m not perfect. I am all-too-aware of my own not-so-rockin’ characteristics. It’s only through honest feedback that I’ll improve, so tell me the truth, I can handle it.
3. I rock. Did I mention I rock?