Hello dear friends,
Another exciting week has passed and every moment of every day is a buzz of activity and creativity. It is so exciting to be making and selling from the same space and thrilling to see the awe and wonder of each and every visitor that enters our studio. Our little team is growing as we throw ourselves into new projects. I am delighting in teaching them new skills and they are grabbing all the opportunities offered. I am doing my best to empower and share with them all my knowledge, how to run a sustainable business, how to run an ethical business, how to take ownership, how to create, how not to waste and how to work with what you have. There seems to be a little glow of light on the horizon and this morning when I arrived at work I had a little bounce in my feet as I ran up the stairs.
I don’t want my weekly news to be about selling. I want to share with you our story, who we are, how we create, who are the people that make your product. I want to share with you our process. The beginning of a design to the end. The struggles and the joys of the creative process. I think this sharing can be fun and beneficial to all. Our strength lies in what we do and who we are and this is what I am going to share. Some of you will unsubscribe and this will not be your thing but that’s fine too. What we want is to engage with a community of people that share the same interests and the same passion.
LESSON 1 BEGIN WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
A while back we created some small screens for a serviette to match our Ndebele tablecloth. We printed these on a fine fabric, as is called for in a serviette. I was never entirely happy with the serviette and painting these tablecloths was not viable as it takes ages to complete one. Whilst playing on the printing table we noticed how beautifully plain blocks of colour print on our Hirado fabric (This is a beautiful Slub cotton). This gave me an idea to print this and create some new cushions. Here is a pic of Jeff doing some strike offs. We are delighted with the results and an added bonus is that this fabric has lots of bumps and slub, this adds texture and shade to the colour.
The end results are stunning and work beautifully in our Namib theme of warm earth colours.