As the lockdown has gone on I’ve found that I’m thinking more and more that my working life has to change. It’s been obvious for ages that the company I work for are crushing all the joy out of what I do. The more they understand the specialism of what I do, the more they seek to control it, to the point where they are trying to change it into something else, more akin to mail order. They will do anything stop me having contact with clients, or at least minimising it.
I’ve always been aware that it isn’t the best fit but have been able to concentrate on my thing and enjoy that. Although the job has been a bit of a basket case, it has out of necessity been possible for me to put everything I have learnt together. There has only ever been me and at most a couple of youngsters in house, so I have had to do everything. A lot of the time I’ve had to be able to cut and make everything a customer has ordered and when it has needed alteration at the end it is me that has had to take it apart and adjust it. There is no one to blame but me and fuck that is good experience! I’m still improving and can see that I can carry on learning indefinitely.
I’ve set up a workshop at home over the last few weeks because locally here covid has yet to peak and I want to cut down my travel into London for obvious reasons. In setting up somewhere to work, I’ve kicked off all sorts of possibilities in my head and although, especially politically, I’m looking on at the situation with horror, along with lots of us on here, with my working life I’m actually starting to feel quite excited about there being change.
Anyway, the intention of the thread is not to bang on about fucking tailoring, I just thought it might be quite good for us all to have a place to discuss our thoughts about the future. Everything’s changing and might not be the same for quite a while. What is it throwing up in your situation?