I always have a list of things that I need to make or do to try to move this MadTropic thing forward. Usually when I try to focus on one, two or three more become evident and I get distracted or led down a path chasing a lesser priority. Trying to secure a foundation for the brand is like catching a cloud in a butterfly net. What is MadTropic??? Well, I finally sat down and focused on a simple little project - drawing an Aloha shirt template image. Now I have a nice little mannequin to display my pattern designs on and give them a real context. Just an hour of drawing, shaping, cutting and shifting on the computer screen and suddenly, I can see my vision so much more clearly. The dream of MadTropic has always been a future collection of Hawaiian shirts. Beyond that, other kinds of beachwear would be fun. Bikinis and boardshorts perhaps? For now I'll keep drawing little leaves and flowers & stuff, trying to put them all together in happy little patterns. Check out the MadTropic Spoonflower shop if you're interested in buying some fabric to make your own shirts or shorts. Gift wrap and wallpaper is also available. I'm glad I finally finished that little project.
Stay warm & be cool.