What do you make?
I focus on functional fashion, home & travel accessories. I like to use retro/modern fabrics but lately have started designing my own vintage inspired line. You can see my new fabric in action on the sustainable cup cozies. If I can’t produce the fabric myself, I’ll use unique indie designed fabric. You’ll see this used to make pouches, tea cozies and more. I am very conscientious about waste, so I started using fabric remnants to make fabric pinback buttons.
What or who inspires you?
I’m inspired by the many illustrators of education and story books in what we now call vintage books. Often times the illustrators were not credited but a few were, so I’d to acknowledge Merle Smith and Maud Sherman.How did you get started?
I studied fine art and photography a long time ago. But what I do now is a real departure from what I studied. I am a self-taught sewer. Sewing was preceded by knitting which is what got me started being creative after a 10 year hiatus. This all came about from feeling a need to be creative and independent after working at regular jobs. I am slowly returning to my photographic roots but now within a new medium — fabric and functional objects.
What are your favourite materials to work with?
I like fabric with different textures and I favour natural and vegan materials such as linen, hemp, and cotton.
Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
Differentiate yourself from the rest. What’s different about you? Why would people want to buy from you? Think about branding, it’s really quite important and something I am thinking about right now. When I began crafting, I focused on products and I’m only now thinking about branding. When you think about your brand you are working on a style that you will convey to viewers. Consumers buy because of the perceived style.
Do you consider yourself an artist or a crafter?
Sometimes they are, sometimes they’re not. Some work is definitely plain and simple craft with not much artistic intention. Some craft is very much a work of art. Deep down inside I always thought I was an artist but I’m only now getting comfortable with that concept. I believe images on a t-shirt can be art, it all depends on how it’s done.