Things have been very quiet on the blogging front here at Grain-Line Design HQ. It has just been so busy. So much so that, I almost missed our first birthday. So, it seems only fitting to take stock and celebrate the first year of Grain-Line Design.
What a year it has been! What started out as an idea that I had tinkered with for years has become a reality. This time last year, I was filled with self-doubt, but also filled with hope and enthusiasm. I’m pushing myself harder than ever before in my life and loving every moment of it! (Well, almost every moment).
Grain-Line Design has been involved in a wide range of projects with a great bunch of people. Some of these projects have challenged me in ways I have never been before, from cutting patterns for designers MaryRose McGrath and Sara O’Neill, making prototypes of a new design of Line-Out bag for Junior Rugby with designer Janet Coulter, making a new collection of capes and kimonos for Eadach by Sara O’Neill, which were showcased in Brown Thomas in Dublin to making a series of prototypes of caps to hold brain sensors in place to monitor brain health in athletes, which were tested by Ulster Rugby and are now being developed for other sports. I taught four short pattern cutting classes in the Pauline Oliver School of Sewing in Bangor and now have a series of new workshops and masterclasses ready to roll out in various venues in Newtownabbey and Belfast.
Oh yes! I nearly forgot I built my own website with lots of help from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough council.
I would like to thank Maryrose, Sara, Janet, Bigsmalldesign, Brainwavebank, Pauline, Teresa, Duncan and everyone who has had faith in Grain-Line Design. But most of all I want to thank my Mum Violet, my brother Darrin and my studio assistant Dottie for all the love and support.