Have you noticed how each place has its own particular type of light? It's a transient quality that transforms and shifts through the seasons as the zenith waxes and wanes.
Here, the light is settling into a series of gentle layers; a gradual fading of intensity, getting quieter and more hushed as the land rolls outwards and away. In the summer months, the distance registers more smoothly, the light is more even, but now, there is a staccato quality and so the layers present themselves, each distinct and increasing in opacity.
|layers of light, September 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes|
Then there is a time in the late afternoon, when if the light manages to struggle through the clouds it lights up the green of these undulating wolds with an intense emerald hue.
|Late Emerald Light, September 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes|
On the bench I've been catching a few autumn leaves, before they fall and disappear for a few months, and mixing in a few monogram elements to see how they lie together.
|on the bench, September 2014|
Working for notonthehighstreet.com this year really has me on my toes. I'm working 6 months ahead and have just finalised prototypes for Valentine's Day 2015 (!). Whilst I was doing that, the Hybrid Handmade Husband found himself chatting with Jimmy Choo at London Fashion Week (as you do). Mr Choo was kind enough to spend time imparting wise words - what a gentleman and a scholar!
|Jimmy Choo with Julian Hakes, London Fashion Week, September 2014|
And so, back to the bench I go - some preparation for that time of the year that starts with 'C' that no one should really be talking about or thinking about until at least mid November....