Hello dear readers, it has been a busy week for me here in Raleigh! I have applied to be a vendor at several local fall markets so I need to make new patterns and get to sewing the new products. I also wanted to photograph some pieces which have been waiting to be posted to my Judah Ross etsy site. And I had two orders to fill as well.
So I thought I would share some pictures from the week with you. First up, a studio tour (side note: I LOVE my studio. Up until we moved to Raleigh I was working in a grungy Oakland basement, low ceilings, no natural light, very damp, very dirty. Here I have great natural light. My table, industrial sewing machine, dress form, books, bolts of fabric, boxes of trim and paint all just fit into the 12×12 room. I can sweep the floor and it stays clean…heaven!) :
Mid week I had an evening photoshoot with my friend Eileen who agreed to model for me. She is an incredibly talented artist and textile designer, as well as being a home-schooling mom of three. Her eldest daughter was very interested in what we were up to, and was dying to join in, so I got some great shots of her sporting one of my fabric rosette hairpins.
A couple of weeks ago I was excited to get an email from the owner of one of my favorite online boutiques. She ordered three of my mono printed ‘coin’ purses (really they are small clutches) and then this week I got a retail order for a market bag, so I pulled out my dyes and had a print day. The coin purses sew up pretty quickly, but the market bag requires a lot of fiddly prep that I always dread. I’ve included some pictures of them in progress. Next week I will sew them up.
I really value handwork, and many of my ideas for both clothing and other products are very labor intensive to produce. Which inevitably means a higher price point. Lately I’ve been making up fabric flowers out of scrap fabric, which I can sell as hairpins or brooches for $15-$20. There’s been a good response, so I played around with some new designs. I love the meditative aspect of hand sewing, it’s very rhythmic and peaceful.
With all the other things which demand my attention, it can be hard to get into the studio, even though it’s just down the hall. But once I’m there, and I get into the groove, time just slips by and I have to tear myself away at the end of the day. Maybe I should make a photographic diary every week, I’m loving being able to look back and see in a concrete way what I’ve been able to accomplish.