I have been MIA on my blog lately because a LOT has gone down in the past year. First and foremost, I have moved back to Iowa(unfortunately) so I could have a job since my hometown had nothing. I basically packed two suitcases and asked my family to drop me off and support this decision to couch surf for a while, because I needed to make money and continue to try and achieve my dream. I had to sacrifice a lot to be here. I had to miss out on Thanksgiving and Christmas so I could maintain a living. Moving a total of 11 times in the year 2010 was very annoying and very humbling at the same time. I learned that family is very important to me and I should never take them for granted.
I was also involved in a pretty life threatening car accident that almost took my life. My side of the car(passenger side) took heavy impact to a very large red truck. My side of the car was squeezed to a fourth of it's size. I had to basically crawl out of the shattered driver side window to get out of the car and onto the stretcher where I was taken to the emergency room where I was cared. I spent a total of 5 hours in the emergency room with two IVs, a breathing tube, back brace, neck brace, and a head brace. I was scared for my life and I refused to call any family because I didn't want any worries. I walked out of there with just a small cut on my hand and a lot of whiplash. I was told that if the car hit any closer to my door, that I would have been in very critical condition. That experience taught me to not procrastinate on my dreams and goals any longer. In the past, I was just saying that I was going to do things, and never did them. Now I am doing everything that I say I'm doing.
With all of the eventful happenings in the past year, I have decided to finally get my own place, and get all of my sewing gear and start up my clothing line again. The clothing line used to be called "B-RAD" due to a nickname I was called in school. It also used to be a very flamboyant aesthetic with very loud prints and statements. I felt that it wasn't what I was about as a person or as a designer. With all of the happenings in my life, I have started to see the beauty in things that are taken for granted or what an everyday person would consider ugly. I have more of an edgier and an underground style and aesthetic. And I really want to make an impact on the environment. So the new name of the clothing line is called "Tainted Teal" and it really represents what I am as a designer now as well as the direction that I am going. I intend on releasing a spring/summer 2012 collection this November and I will be updating my design blog more often so that you all can check out my progress.
I hope you all enjoy the journey that I will be sharing with you all.