Let me tell you how much I LOVE my hammock chair that I recently bought from one of my neighbours who also makes Turkoman yurt tents. Every morning I wake up and climb into it maybe do a bit of meditation or simply look out across the valley, check the wind direction, watch the birds, plan my day then get on with it. It’s a ritual, I love a slow start to the day when it’s hot. The name ‘Hibiscus’ popped into my mind while I was relaxing in my hammock in India so I take ‘hammocking’ seriously. Taking time out to day dream is a luxury I’ve awarded myself, it’s so much more productive than sitting in front of a desk in a strip lit office under pressure to pony up the designs on demand. It’s properly hot here in August so early morning and evenings are the best times for me to work, I’m finally taking time to enjoy reading up on the origins of traditional textiles. The geography of embroidery and patterns are fascinating to me, it’s another way of looking at history. In London I had piles of incredible reference books that I admittedly only flipped through and glanced at the photos, now it’s a pleasure to read about Greek Island folk embroidery or African dashiki prints at my leisure. I want the Hibiscus collection to be simple, clean and not over embellished, a touch of coloured embroidery here and there nothing too fussy, just feel good. Not long now before I head back to India to start production, I’m getting impatient for my new summer wardrobe, I want to be slinking around in one of my summer dresses now!