It’s been a long time between blog postings but sometimes a person needs time to mull things over. And lately I’ve been taking stock of my work life and how much energy I’ve put into this latest chapter. After quite a few decades of being an illustrator and working with book and periodical publishers, design firms and ad agencies, I decided to focus more of my energies into making items (via the screenprinting process) that people could purchase directly from me, or via shops and galleries. Where as before I dealt mainly with art directors and designers, now I would get to meet my customers via craft fairs and the shop owners who wanted to sell my goods.
This part of my creative journey has been full of grace and challenges. I went from selling a few folded towels in a local art gallery a few years ago to now having my goods in many shops coast to coast. Along the way I learned about designing my own packaging, finding just the right food friendly inks, sourcing high quality towels; while learning plenty of business lessons along the way. My friends and family have given so much helpful advice and guidance. Other friends contacted me to cheer me on or to say they’d purchased my towels to send to far away places across the globe. Just the other night when we hosted a dinner party, my friends decided to help me fold/package/label a HUGE batch of towels. I almost cried—so many hands making “light work”… It has meant so much to have this kindness and support.
There have been countless hours of screenprinting, punching holes in packaging, packaging towels and cards, packing orders, hauling inventory to be shipped, contacting new merchants, etc. And after these long hours of creating these goods I am so grateful that my customers notice and appreciate the difference in the design/textile quality/eco-friendly/food safe ink/packaging of my goods and choose to pay a few more dollars to help my home grown/handmade business. I take pride in my work because I try to follow what my parents preached: if you’re going to do something, do it right—the first time. I want my sturdy towels to bring a smile and last for many years to come! Thanks for following me on my journey. Stay tuned for more!