I know my blog has been collecting dust since I left for my SCAD Alumni Atelier Fellowship in southern France 10 weeks ago, as for today I’m finally updating my monthly blog, and I realized I only have less than 2 days to the end of program! Where did all that time go!??
The Alumni Atelier program has been one of the most life changing experiences that I’ve ever had. I was given the opportunity to explore creating a brand new collection during my 10 weeks long residency in SCAD Lacoste, I have received so many positive feedbacks about my new collection through the compliments and sales from the patrons, and I can’t wait to share them with you after my return. I’ll have a big reveal coming up in September! Here are some sneak peaks for you!
It was challenging at the beginning because I had to step out of my comfort zone from learning how to use European tools, finding new work and life balance, getting used to the new environment, and new culture. Fortunately, I was able to adapt this new life in a short period of time and thrive which reflects to my new collection. The willingness to try and embrace is the key to success.
Besides all the hard and hot (did I mention we have no a/c because our ateliers are in a medieval village?) working days in the atelier, I’m a true believer of the motto “ Work hard, play harder”. During my day offs on every Wednesday and Sunday, I didn’t just sit around in the house; instead, I always seized the opportunity to travel around the surrounded villages and cities. Lacoste was a perfect basecamp for day trips, I can reach to most of the must-see attractions within 1.5 hr of driving radius from mountains to the sea. From the Sunday market in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, kayaking in the Durance river, swimming in the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea in Cassis, visited the world class sound and light exhibition of Van Gogh collection in Carrieres de Lumieres, watched a French musical in Chateau de Lacoste and saw the world famous fashion designer Pierre Cardin in person, weekend getaway to the second largest French city Marseille, and more! (That’s why I’ve never had time to update my blog lol)
So…What’s the next after my home coming?
I’ve been considering changing my business model by transitioning from working from home studio to a half studio and retail space near downtown Raleigh. I didn’t realize how much I missed the interaction with people, and I was able to have the taste of running a retail/studio space via this program without risking my capital. I do enjoy this new way of conducting my business, especially I really want to grow my custom jewelry design business, having a retail space will allow me to have better public exposure and to attract more clients organically. This is going to be my next goal after the program...stay tuned and back to packing!