Busy week. In addition to contemplating the possibility I have no future (not the scheduled apocalypse – a more garden variety quarter life crisis), working a strenuous two days a week doing admin and managing a Battlestar Galactica addiction, I’ve been learning how to use Illustrator. Who knew Photoshop couldn’t do everything?
I love the clean lines you get using Illustrator; it has a much more graphic look, which I figure will be useful when I’m designing new stencils. So, back to the computer to play around some more…
I now dream in anchor points.
Circumstances have once again conspired against my intended crafting progress. Firstly, I am now the proud joint owner of a Canon DSLR that boasts an excessive amount of buttons. Obviously, the new camera required much
playing professional-like experimentation.
So, like, this photo of a dead wasp is a postmodern deconstructive allusion to Victorian era Mourning Photographs (link alert – there are dead bodies on the other end for the unwary click-through-er), because dead things are like, so underground. Ok, I stole that hipster joke from Cyanide and Happiness.
Moving right along, I have also ended up with John’s GINORMOUS monitor, as the better part of his computer hard drive is currently in pieces sustaining the life of a fried external hard drive. I have absolutely not spent the last hour scooting my cursor from one screen through to the other after plugging the monitor into my laptop.
I have however photographed my original patchwork scarf (on loan from the gift-ee), both to simulate progress in the current (blue) scarf project and to include in market stall-holder applications… Yes people, I am moving towards getting organised for maybe thinking about booking a stall to actually sell things. Ooh yeah, it’s all happening.
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.