Sunday, August 30, 2009
Maybe I should rename my shop the "lemonade stand". I was a victim of the "downsizing" economy in early spring, and took the time to think about turning to my art for solice and income. That is how my Etys shop was born. Well, I certainly am enjoying drinking the Lemonade made from the lay-off lemons!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
My husband has referred to my process as the destruction; I prefer the term reconstruction! I do not usually have sketches of what I am going to do. I do have a pic in my head, and occasionally some roughs, but usually it is just a lot of auditioning colors; trying on (my son never comes into the studio without whistling first to warn me he is coming!); holding up; squinting; ripping apart; resewing; looking for the right texture, etc. Here are some of the evidence of destruction/reconstruction!
Below are two completed sweaters drying out. I always wash the sweaters when they are done. This gives them a great chance to prove their worth! I put them in both the washer and dryer (delicate) and will lay them flat when they are almost dry. This gives them a cohesive "hand" a fresh smell, exposes any unstable seams or threads and lets them know I love them and want them at their best for their new homes.
So look for Peachy2day, Landscapes2day, and Violets2day on Jill2day.etsy.com in the next day or two!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I have made a lot of artwork in my day, but I have to say that these sweaters are the most rewarding (in all aspects of the word) projects I have ever done. Bye now - off to the studio!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Thinking through it further, I see two scenarios:
1- items donated; people employed to clean, stock, etc; item purchased and worn
2- item donated; people employed to clean, stock, etc; item purchase; item repurposed employing me; item sold again employing etsy or other ventures; item purchased; item worn - possibly negating the need for purchasing new goods and maybe... item eventually donated, people employed to clean, stock, etc; item repurchased...
Beyond that, Goodwill themselves has had campaigns aimed at the general public urging us to shop them instead of traditional retailers. Here is a quote from Goodwill's F&Q page:
"If I shop at a Goodwill store, will I be depriving disadvantaged people of stuff they need?
No. Goodwill serves disadvantaged people by educating, training and placing them into jobs. By becoming gainfully employed, these individuals gain resources to buy the things they need. Many disadvantaged people who are in training or are employed by Goodwill Industries are offered vouchers or discounts at Goodwill retail stores."
However, I do think this is a great example of how doing the right thing is never clear or seen the same by different individuals.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I also found two little treasures for myself. A great wool plaid shirt jacket that looks to be from the forties and will be so wonderful this fall especially with my wide retro pants, and a great thermal Eddie Bauer shirt - lime green that is the best turtleneck I have ever found. I am still kicking myself for not buying the almost new line green Swedish clogs a couple of weeks ago!
Can't wait to hit the thrift stores on the way up and back when I take my son to school, and also in Milwaukee area.
It is amazing the treasures to be found at Goodwill et al. Happy hunting to all you fellow thrift hunters.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Therein lies the beauty of my construction methods... need more room at the hips or chest - add another panel! Need sleeves larger - add a strip either horizontal or vertically as needed! Need things taken in a bit - just nip and tuck. It all enhances what is already there... so if you see a sweater you love, but are worried about the size, just "convo" me from the home page of my shop (click the "contact Jill2day" in the right column) and I am sure we can work it out!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Some artists have paints, some have beads, some have yards of silks... me, I have piles of old sweaters! From these I make reconstructed clothing - sweaters, coats, cuffs or wristlets. I add vintage buttons and other touches to make each one totally unique.
It is impossible for me to have anything but one-of-a-kind garments. I [probably] will never find the same fabrics. I don't use any patterns. Each design grows as it is made.
Recently I opened a shop at jill2day.etsy.com. I have been very excited to see the response to my offerings. My very first inquiry was from Australia, and within days my analytics let me know I had been viewed by people from Bangkok to Finland to England and all points within the US! It truely is the world wide web!
I have also found that opening a virtual shop is much the same as having a brick and mortar shope. You need to be responsive to your customers; work within the regulations of your venue and your state; keep your stock available; promote your business, and on and on. Lots to learn, but I am having a blast!
I have also found a whole new world of artists on Etsy. The many forums and other communications allow each seller to meet and learn from the others - a great help in getting started. So here it is and here I go...
Thursday, August 13, 2009
We all love presents, so each of my reconstructed garments are gift bagged and tagged with a custom care and thank you tag.
If the customer has ordered the item for themselves, they will feel gifted nonetheless! If they have ordered it for a gift, they will still be able to take it out and inspect it without destroying the gift wrap.
Hope you all enjoy this little extra.
Just listed several new cuffs, and wristlets take a look!