It started about a year ago with a kind of restlessness. My son left home to study at the University, so it became very quiet. Even for me. I was busy enough, that was not the problem. I live in a nice place, more or less in a forest so I can always go outside with my dog Toto. That was not the problem either. Then what was? I realised after a few years of being locked up that the world was not going to come to me. A few years ago (because that's how fast time goes) I went out into the world myself. With my stuff to LondonEdge, to fairs and markets. When my mother fell ill, that became a lot harder. Pretty soon after she passed away, I became ill myself. Very ill. Within a few months, I went from 'very tired, it must be mourning' to 'You have a tumor and we don't know until after surgery '. A serious operation and slow recovery kept me busy for at least a year.
And then I wanted to pick up where I left off, go back to work, see people again, but I hadn't even thought about it or the universe decided otherwise. And suddenly three years have passed. Or four? No idea really. Time is a wonderful thing...
So when we finally all started to wake up and get out of our vacuum, I knew I had to do something. Move? Well, that's not so easy... And suddenly, Section C appeared on my path. More or less by chance. I had often considered renting a studio, but there was always something wrong. Too small, only a shop, too expensive, the combination of working and selling was what I was looking for. Quite often, people ask if they can come and try on some clothes. That is really not possible in my house. First you stumble over a Golden Retriever, then stuff, because a business in your living room means a lot of stuff, then two cats and dishes in the kitchen sink, that's not really a good business card... (Don't worry, my stock was kept safe in a room with the door closed) And then suddenly there was this opportunity. A large hall at Section C was converted into studios. Yes please! But then it starts... Good thing I had no idea what I was getting into.
Now I have moved the stock, next up is moving the sewing machines and I can finally do some work, haha. I am quite proud of what I have managed to do with a little help from others. I have come a long way from an old sewing machine of my mother's and a few pieces of cloth to where I am now. It didn't happen by itself, I often lay awake, and still do, because it's not the easiest path. It is easier not to leave your village and to rent something in Belgium. But as a Dutchwoman, it remains difficult to find and be found. I am home again, in 'Eindje', even if it is only my studio. The coming year will show whether it has been worth it. It would also be nice to have some luck, that would help for a change.
From 14 July you are welcome at Tweed revolution. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 12.00 and 17.00 to start with. Follow me on social media to stay informed of opening hours and other news
Sunny van Zijst
I am maker of vintage inspired couture. I was trained as a designer for theater costumes. Now I enjoy making vintage inspired clothing for men and women.