As summer fades, I’m adjusting to autumn with a deeper-hued mentality. Think fir-tree green, burgundy, charcoal and maybe even black. A marked difference from a bright palette just a few months ago. This summer will be remembered not only for its cool weather that called for a light jacket or a cardigan, but also its curiosities and whimsy. I was the busiest I’ve ever been. Some things I can and have told you about, such as moving from West Philly to Old City Philadelphia and announcing my online and in-person bra making class, and some things are still waiting to be revealed. Also this summer, I had one of my best trips to Florida, sipped too many cups of coffee in this java joint and read too many featherbrained titles in this used book store. Summer 2014 came to an end on a high note when this week, I was featured in Ft. Lauderdale Magazine.
I’m not sure how or why I was dealt this hand of cards this summer, but it was a learning experience. Considered the founding father of American surf culture, John Severson was an artist, photographer and filmmaker in the 1950s and 1960s. After being drafted into the army in 1956, he was “ordered” to join the Army’s surf team in Oahu, and for 2 years, he surfed Hawaii’s wild, untamed waves. In 1960, he launched Surfer Magazine. Despite the prestige and the popularity it garnered over the years, his surfer message never rallied against societal terms, but always advocated to live on one’s own. Free. That’s what summer 2014 taught me. I wasn’t out to be a rabble-rousing bra maker, but just have fun with my family, play with yards of lace and elastic and be a vagabond in my new neighborhood. That’s simply it.
So long summer 2014, and hello fall. Where will the leaves fall as the year comes to a close? Come what may… que sera sera.
How will you remember summer 2014?