Hey all! My name is Jennifer, and I am the one behind all that you see here. I reside in Portland, OR and am originally from Long Island, N.Y. If you would like to contact me, you can do so at:
I started sewing years ago, after my first Phish show: Clifford Ball '96. Talk about a life-changing experience! Never before had I seen clothing that moved me so much. And the people! There had to be something like 20,000 people there and I didn't see one fight the whole festival! The music was very strange compared to what I was used to though. I remember looking around in the middle of 'Sparkle' and watching everyone freak out and wiggle and writhe. But no worries... I soon learned just how amazing that music was... and is. None-the-less I knew at that point my life had changed. I wanted to dive right into that scene.
Clothing and sewing were my tickets in. I became obsessed... starting with hand-stitching scrap side panels into an old pair of jeans. They took forever, but I was dedicated! Hours would pass and I would hardly notice. After I was done with that first pair of pants, I felt so proud! I not only made something I knew was beautiful, but I also finally had some of the clothing I saw so many awesome people wearing.
After that, my mom noticed my new passion. She was kind enough to surprise me with my very own sewing machine that next Christmas. Next, she took me to the fabric shop, and I had a field day! I floated around the store gently touching and feeling the numerous types of fabrics while also taking in the beauty of the colors and prints. My mind was swimming with possibilities and the taste of freedom! I could come up with anything I wanted! The more intricate and crazy, the better!
The excitement I felt then stays with me today. I still get butterflies in my stomach when I'm going to a show... driving there long distances with everything I can bring in tow. It's another world that I was lucky enough to be introduced to long ago. In a way, going to that first Phish show and beginning to sew was a life saver! Art is a tool of greatness. It is a way for anyone to finally find out who they really are, what they really want from this life, and where they see themselves in the future. It takes one out of the doldrums of their daily grind of survival and leverages them into the heights of their lofty ideals.
Sewing is who I am, what I am. I am inexplicably drawn to fabric... even before I was a seamstress I collected swatches, tapestries, and scraps and draped them all over my home. These days, I am a fabric addict! I am blessed to be able to feed my addiction to shop for and find fabric and justify storing it all thanks to all of you out there that support my art and my craft. Thank you!
Having my own style and designs are important to me. Although I do constantly find inspiration in nature, in engineering, in mathematics, and in the work of other artists, I do not feel comfortable copying anyone else's work. As a matter of fact, it's tricky copying my own work. When I sit down to my fabric and my notions and my cutting mat, I see a blank canvas and just let the ideas come. Rigid guidelines are not my strong suit. I do however, enjoy working with flexible parameters. If there are certain designs or colors you would like to see in my work, I can be mindful of those attributes.
Sewing is my love and when sewing for my website, it also serves as my profession; however, I never want it to become "work" or a "job", meaning it should always be joyous, even when it is challenging. The amount of care and love and attention I put into my creations is a source of pride for me. I want to know my pieces are out there in the world being worn by those with a smile on their lips and satisfaction in their heart. I spend a LOT of hours on everything I send out. I do not cut corners. I do not slack. I do not use cheap tools or crappy fabric. I put what it takes into your item so you know you've made a wise decision.
Thank you for taking the time to read this little blurb about me and my thoughts :) I would love to hear from you if you have any questions or ideas!
"To me the greatest thing is to live beauty in our daily life and to crowd every moment with things of beauty."
"Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions."
"So I earn a living by producing merchandisable manifestations of portions of my imagination."
"You're only as good as the people you dress."
~Roy Halston Frowick
~*~Have a beautiful and peaceful day!~*~