Over the weekend I had the chance to immerse myself in designing the next collection.

The best way for me to do this is to first set the mood - light candles, turn on some music, my space even needs to be straightened up. It sounds very romantic, I know - but that's how I feel about art I suppose.

A lot of times, especially when I have extended hours to myself to devote to whatever art I'm creating - I literally get a natural high off of it. Friday, I spent the whole night going through inspiration I've pulled and starting sketching away. The time flies and there's such a freedom to just putting an idea on paper knowing it could turn into real life someday (or not) and I'm to say. For obvious reasons, I won't be sharing those sketches, but I am really looking forward to putting the concepts that I chose, to life. After nailing down the sketch and idea, I spent some of the weekend draping fabric on my dress form and drafting patterns.

Anyway, back to the romanticism in art. When I'm in this mood, experiencing such liberation and the paper and sketch tools are out, sometimes I don't want to stop or I'm inspired (distracted) by something else. Hence, the skull sketch. My entire life, ever since I was a kid, I would find peace in listening to music and creating some type of art - whether it be sketching or painting. I got lost working on this skull and listening to Lorde's album 'Pure Heroine' on repeat. That's the other thing, a lot of times I'll find myself playing one album over and over - this usually aids in carrying on a consistent mood or feeling. And is probably why it's so easy to get lost and lose track of time. That's the best part and it's crazy to look back and think this has been a part of me since forever and I won't stop.

Here are a few of my favorites from Lorde:

I love the line, "Because I'm doing this for the thrill of it, killin' it. Never not chasing a million things I want."