I've made a habit of rebranding myself to my own detriment, as though the name or the style or the implied meaning of any little thing I do is the significant factor in whether it's successful or not. Most things are either a success because they even happened, or unsuccessful because they're not very good, or both. Constantly challenging oneself invariably means that all three outcomes remain highly probable.
Recently people have begun to enjoy and support my work with greater frequency. It's surely no coincidence that this occurred ever since I disassociated myself with outside forces, removed names and labels and just finished things. Not striving to monetise my work also helped. Giving away my work also helped.
All of that said, I wanted to have a cool logo to sew, pin or stick onto the things I make, so that they might be identified and enjoyed by people who don't know me. I wanted to design something that would stay in my favour longer than a few weeks, which I'm not sure has ever been done before. The dread fully took hold by last April. It felt like I had to name a band all over again. Fortunately I went on tour for two months and didn't have time to worry about it.
@igasiemiga spent some of that time back at home in Kołobrzeg, sorting out the unparalleled collection of assortments and oddities belonging to her late grandmother. For an example of the task at hand, here's the cellar, filled with jars of pickles, jams, syrups, honey and more, each labelled and dated, right back to the 90s. As a woman who lived alone through some thoroughly difficult times, she recognised the importance of being prepared and doing your best.
Everything had to go and I was offered first dibs on the amazing haberdashery department, containing stacks of communist era fabrics, buttons, fixings and threads.
Anyone who sews is guaranteed to already own too much fabric. Inside a year or so you'll have collected and stuffed any amount of storage space with enough bargains and scraps for a lifetime of sewing projects. It does little to deter you from buying or acquiring more. The record collector does this with recorded music, the musician does this with their own releases and merchandise (Check with @tellisontalk and @lukeleighfield for confirmation), the artist does this with pens, paints, supplies and unfinished works, the tea drinker does this with tea and the traveller with small change in foreign currency. This paragraph was a side note, just painting a picture of the permanent struggle one experiences either being or living with me and attempting to maintain a tidy, organised living quarters.
Back to the point, among the contents of @igasiemiga's luggage on her return was a large carrier bag full of buttons. We spent an evening sorting through them, the youngest of them probably from the 90s and the oldest, considerably older and likely handmade. Amongst them, a metallic object that definitely wasn't a button caught my eye. It's a badge, around 1.5cm x 2cm, with an eagle, the rising sun and the word ZUCH written in large caps. It's a pin but with a bolt and washer on the back rather than a pin. A little research suggests it dates back to the 60s or 70s. Zuch translates to scout, or cubscout or, by association, intrepid adventurer. It's completely beautiful and I love it!
We recently moved into a new apartment in Poznań. The previous tenants had an enormous palm that they had neither the space for, nor the will to carry down three flights of stairs, so it stayed, stood majestically in the corner of the living room, opposite my desk, by the only East facing window in the place. A few months of loving care from my resident horticulturalist has got this plant growing out of control. Oh yeah, you can add plants to that list of things we have too much but strangely not enough of.
That's the end of the story, really. All I had to do was piece it all together, which I did surprisingly quickly, from the first sketch to the final logo.
I've begun embroidering the logo on my machine at home, so everything I'm making remains homemade. It'll appear on my forthcoming collection of bags and pins, which you'll see when I'm next not on tour. I'm not sick of it yet, so this one goes down as a success.