Put your best shoe forward and keep going....
I hate to write negative things on my blog about something I love doing, but I also think it's important for fellow Illustrators to share their experiences as I realise I am not the first and sadly, won't be the last for this to happen to.
Last summer, I was contacted by a new shoe designer, about her new shoe business. Previously having worked at Louis Vuitton and with aspirations to be as big as Manolo, I thought this could be a really exciting project to work on. After meeting up and discussing a (very loose!) brief, her enthusiasm for the business overrode her distinct lack of organisation for me and I decided to take a gamble and do the work she had asked.
After being set to show at London Fashion Week, to mysteriously showing at Paris last minute, to going off radar for weeks on end, I started to feel uneasy about working with this lady. To cut a tirelessly long story short, after a lot of work/changes and an infuriatingly disorganised business etiquette, the business it seems has now gone under water and it seems I am never to hear from her again. Without contact, without warning, and without payment for any work done.
A similar thing happened to me at the start of my career when I first left Uni and I hugely lost my confidence. I won't let this incident do the same and am determined not to let it get to me but I thought I would post this, not only to show you the work I have done, but in the hope that it may inspire other Illustrators who come accross a similar problem, to just....keep....going!! The positives in this job far outweigh negative step backs like this one :)