The past two weeks have passed by seemingly in the blink of an eye. We had the soft launch of our Bicycle Wrap Skirt on Kickstarter on May 25th, Memorial Day, around 8pm, and then officially launched the next afternoon on the 26th. In case you somehow missed it, here's the link. Our campaign runs until the 25th of June, but I was thrilled to reach our funding goal of $10,500 in just one week! Seriously, how great is that! No more nail biting, we're going to production this summer.
Since we hit our goal so quickly, we've set a new goal of $19,500. We'll be going to production regardless, but should we meet this new goal, we'll be able to begin work immediately on expanding the Bicycle Wrap Skirt into three new styles: Read More
Originally posted on the Creative Coast's blog here.
When I set out to create a new product line last year, I wanted it to be as sustainable as possible. But what exactly did that mean for my product and my business practices? Both as a maker of things and a consumer, I couldn't disregard the growing desire to know, not just who I was purchasing from, but where each item and raw material originated and where and how they were made before arriving into my hands. Read More
I was born on the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces, so I'm naturally indecisive. Pair that with perfectionist tendencies and, well, it takes me a long time to make decisions. I need your help choosing between options for my new spring designs! I could keep dialing them in from now until June, but it'd be so much better (and faster) to get a few opinions on the matter. Please don't let me deliberate forever!
So what do you think - do you prefer the one-color or two-color red fox design above? Read More
Sometimes new designs come easy to me and seem to take no time at all. Other times designs need lots of tweaking - a little change here, a little change there - before they solidify. As an artist, this reminds me a lot of how I paint. There is always a give and take around the edges. Objects are almost never sharp and crystal clear in the beginning, a little light shines through in places or the color changes as an object recedes from view. It's these nuances that can give an object greater depth and it's the same with design. Good design is efficient and efficiency means paring down anything that isn't essential to an item. Like editing a poem, or a book, or blocking out colors in a painting - you start with big ideas and generalizations and slowly trim them down into a concise, focused, detailed finished product.
This is where I'm at in regards to my wrap skirt design. Read More
I've been glancing at some of the survey results, and I can't thank you all enough for your input! I realize now that I probably should give you all a little more detail about the skirt length, since I've gotten a few comments about the length and sizing. This first wrap skirt version will come in two sizes - short and tall. The waist band will have many buttonhole options for wrapping, so that you can wrap the skirt to your waist size regardless of what length you wear. Katie and I talked about the length and sizing many different times throughout the prototyping process. We realize that shorter people will probably want a shorter length and taller people will probably want a longer length. For those of you who asked about shorter or longer options, you will be able to decide for yourself. If you are a taller person, you could always go with the shorter size for a shorter fit and for a shorter person, you could always wear the tall size for a longer fit. Eventually, if this first design and concept are popular enough, I hope to be able to offer some different skirt and dress designs as well. That is, at this point, a long way off, though!
In the meantime, my thinking on length went something like this: Read More