2012 redux

2012 was the year that my illustration and writing shifted from naive to mature. It was not a dramatic change, and I’m not sure what led to this ephemeral graduation. Something inside of me changed early in the year that gave me a greater clarity of purpose and a more nuanced understanding of what I am trying to accomplish. Once that realization settled, I spent a few months reworking my online presence to better reflect who I am now. This process led to career acceleration at the end of the year.

This was also the year I turned 30, and I moved from London back to Toronto.

In my 20s, I was struggling all of the time, and often felt fearful. I was a poor judge of what was trivial and what was important, and much of my energy was misdirected. I was always doing things I had never done before, and of course not doing them very well. I often felt like a fraud.

I loved turning 30. I love having experience to build on. I love the sense of earned confidence. I love knowing who I am, what I do best, and what I want. It’s good to be capable, now it’s time to achieve virtuosity. I’ve got a lot of work to do this decade.

Anyway, here’s the best of 2012 on Final Fashion. Enjoy!


Trend theory…

  • red dress blue dress – “If you’ve ever doubted the capacity of clothing to transform, just try on a red or blue dress and see what kind of heroine you can be.”
  • toe to type“They say that you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their shoes, and leading that line of thought is the shape of the toe.”
  • street style signals – key to reading your standard street style poses.
  • the indefinable decades – “I remember looking forward to the end of the century so I could see the 20th century laid out in a row of 10 clearly defined figures”
  • the masculine renunciation – “The sacrifice that the abandonment of fashion symbolizes is less often considered.”
  • thoughts on contemporary fashion illustration – I think this one of my more under-rated posts, a sort of state-of-the-union address on my chosen craft.


Live runway sketching…


Paper dolls…

Trend enders

  • the half-tuck“the ultimate in plausible deniability. The idea is to look put-together and undone at the same time, artfully dishevelled.”
  • mullet skirts“the high-low hem will go the way of the mullet when the economy starts making sense again.”
  • neon“perhaps since fluorescent is tricky to spell, fashion editors prefer the word neon.”
  • nail art“one of those rare little luxuries that is accessible to everyone.”
  • flatforms“they’re politically as well as proportionally incorrect, but maybe that’s the point.”

Independent creative career realization…

3 thoughts on “2012 redux”

  1. I’m so happy for you and all your accomplishments. You’ve created an amazing body of work, you’ve pushed yourself and inspired people. In your blog I feel like I’ve discovered a treasure in the fashion world and it makes me feel very lucky! 🙂

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