I’m not a big fan of the New Year equals a fresh start hoo ha, mostly because I use tomorrow/next week/next year fresh starts as an excuse to delay diets, housework and other things on the ‘should but don’t really want to’ list. But I’m in the peculiar position of an enforced new beginning – I’ve completed my Bachelor of Arts (YAY! WOO HOO! WOOT WOOT!) and my 2010 job has finished.
Now I’m back from a wonderful if exhausting family Christmas/New Year with an opportunity to focus on my craft free from distraction.
Finishing my BA meant I spent my festive season being bombarded by the dreaded question; “So now what are you going to do with your degree/career/WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE?” Teacher, administrator, butcher, baker, candlestick maker… I think my difficulty choosing a ‘career’ is because in my heart I want, I need, to give Phoebe C. a proper go.
So I’ve blocked out my time until my personal day of reckoning, the 28th of February, to brainstorm, prototype and produce. Then, a market stall and le grande launch of Phoebe C. on etsy.com. That also means lots more to blog.
For now I’m leaving a mini montage (could be worse, at least its not a vocal montage performed to interpretive dance) of what I’ve been up to since I last posted something creative.
Please do come back soon, there’s a lot more to come.
Yes, it’s true. I’ve sadly neglected documenting the trials and tribulations of starting an Etsy shop because I (guiltily) thought I hadn’t done anything. But the tactic of ‘one foot in front of the other’ I normally have difficulty mastering (I’m more of a ‘feet flying madly out of control’ person) has actually worked. In amongst job searching and assignments (and yes, I am currently writing this because I should be writing an essay) I’ve made progress almost accidentally.
Firstly, I’ve ordered and received my fabric for the tops. Hooray! The fabric is a gorgeously soft bamboo jersey with a small amount of spandex. I ended up getting it online for a decent price (I love ordering online – when it comes in the mail it’s like getting a present from me) and the delivery was surprisingly prompt.
Speaking of price, I’ve done a groovy Excel spreadsheet to tally my costs and calculate a selling price, then checked whether the price was viable with another impromtu bit of market research. And, yay! All my numbers looked good (plus they added up to the right amounts… Ha! Attractive numbers…).
I’ve also drawn up some belt designs. I had a look in the local textile/craft stores; there’s not much in the way of plain, well priced belt buckles so I started trying to think of other belt fastenings that would suit the lighter look of fabric.
I sketch for pleasure in sketchbooks with thick white paper, but for clothes and accessory brainstorming I prefer black paper as it shows up coloured pencils beautifully and throws simple sketches into strong relief. I did these basic workings for some belts with a really soft white pencil; the excuse of using beautiful art supplies motivates me to actually get my ideas down.
So my next move is to purchase materials for the belts, then look at branding and product presentation. Step by step.