late last year before i left england i went to ally pally (a needlework convention in london) and got a chance to have a little chat with sasha kagan. ok so i stalked her around the corner of her booth and pounced on her the second she was alone. what?
i think i was speaking elf language to her for a while. but she seemed to understand. i know i look like about to smack her or something. plus my mouth is open like im hissing like a cat. but i promise i was just telling her how much ive been inspired by her designs.
(i like how our ears are pointing out of our hair in this picture. FAIRY POWER!)
so midway through our conversation she decided i should meet her daughter who was in a booth across the convention center. she grabbed my hand and beelined it out of the booth high tail! now the convention center was PACKED. and i mean STUFFED. you could not even WALK in it. but sasha didnt care. she was on such a mission that she was just booking it full speed and saying “excuse me” at every back we encountered. people just parted for us as we hustled in record speed. i was in AWE. id been shuffling my feet all day not able to really get anywhere! i mean… she meant BUSINESS and she wasnt going to just go with the flow. she needed to part that sea of people and she just DID it. so besides gawping at her designs in person, the 2 things i learned from sasha kagan are:
1. designing colorwork is NOT as easy as it looks, it takes a genius. and ive a lot to learn. and number 2. sometimes when you want something done, you just gotta bust a little ass.