I don’t know when it happened. I guess that’s the thing with growing- you don’t really see it or realize it’s happening while you’re in the middle of it. You’re too focused on the growing pains and just getting through each hardship or heartbreak to know that there will be another side to it.
The Lumbar Project has become somewhat of a renewal or rebirth for me, creatively speaking. I know that may sound a little dramatic but I can feel it. These felt different when I was making them. I don’t know how many times I said the word ‘excited’ when describing them to people or when posting to my instagram. If you’ve followed me, you totally know what I mean! Almost every single post about these had the word ‘excited’ in the caption and or comments.
My style and color choices have shifted a little but how I plan out, source materials, and produce the pillow covers has shifted some as well. I’ve started to invest in higher end supplies and the yarns I’ve been longing to use for years are finally in my stash. I’ve been more thoughtful in sourcing and shopping small and continue to look into businesses and makers who produce yarn in small batches or are more local to me. I’ve been researching fiber content and how the way it's grown and produced can affect the environment and the people and animals involved. I have so much more to learn but I’m on the right path, I can feel it.
As I type this, I’m seeing that I’ve been growing (and continue to grow!) on so many levels in my personal life, my art, and my business. It’s been a long bumpy road to get where I am today and I still have a long way to go.
But isn’t that the most interesting part? The ride, the work, the juicy middle…
Who knew a small batch of colorful lumbar pillow covers could represent so much? I’m glad I get to share this journey with you. Thanks for continuing to ride along.