I think it was from the very get go that I had the yearning for what I call “art fair stuff”. All I ever knew was art fairs. I did them for years, like well over 10 years. And if you have not heard the story before I will sum it up quickly so we can all be on the same playing field.
I cannot exactly remember the age I went to my first Art Fair but I do remember how much the first painting cost. It was 11 bucks, I think. I am so losing it today! Lots of stress! Anyhow, I remember the lady who painted it sitting in the back of her tent. I remember all the artists sitting in back of their tents to escape the sun. There is such a great energy around artists. I was drawn to it well before high school. These people were “real”. Sometimes I am not sure what it is, and I am gonna sound real bad here, but sometimes when you go into a real fancy store, workers seem to act as if you shouldn’t be there. Or maybe it is just me and my lack of showering, or that I never look all that fancy. Whatever it is, I hate the way it makes me feel. I feel uncomfortable and just kinda like a loser! But I am super, I repeat SUPER self conscious. But artists never made me feel like that whether their work was 10 bucks or 10,000. All the artists I have come across have been pretty grounded, pretty true to their roots.
Okay..I gotta stay focused or this post is gonna be all over the place.
Anyways I have always loved creating. I get bored easily and that’s just not good. Needless to say when I started doing trunk shows everything changed. I poured my heart and soul into the collection for like a month then it would go off to production and I would get bored. I had no clue what to do. We went round and round on how I could still do art fairs. There was just never enough time to do it all. But I loved being able to make 5-10 of one thing and work all day and make like 6 or 7 different things. That is where my heart is…creating. I love to make things. It is then that I am totally in my element.
Needless to say this is when Platinum was born. I must tell you that it was first called “Silver label” then I realized I sounded like Levi’s! I was a little hesitant to launch it because..well, I am not sure why. I think mostly cuz I had been in the art fair circuit for so long and I knew selection was always huge and quantity was always low. Afterall, that is what made it “art” right? And it is completely opposite in the Trunk Show circuit. But who cares about the nerves cuz now we get to make stuff all the time. And today…OMG Sam was busily organizing and counting, so I had Kiera layering fabric. In the past, I pretty much just had Sam layer and cut. She was busy and I knew we needed to get Fall rolling out, so I asked Kiera if she could help. And what the heck? I come out to the cutting room and she can layer, draw layout and even cut. I was shocked and shocked in a good way! She could even do bodices. Crazy! Love it. So thank you to Sam and Kiera for making it so easy on me!
Okay, this email is all over the place…ya, email? I mean blog. Ha,I almost typed blood. I am so losing it tonite.
So who do you think won the great prize? And I am not saying what it is. CARLA can tell you all as soon as she emails Sam, email@example.com her address and size.
Yup, the answer was Chestnut Alley. I had picked this name cuz it reminded me of my Gramma. We had so many Chestnut trees in my neighborhood. I grew up across the street from my grandparents so we were all out there always having chestnut fights. But some of the last times I saw my Gramma she was out there with a broom in her nightgown with 3 or 4 little kids at her knees. She’d swing the broom up in the tree and they’d all chase them as they fell. My boys loved it. She is amazing, incredible and so dang cute. Love her.
Okay, I gotta take a few more. You guys are hilarious… so how about Hillary, Shanna, Michelle L, carrie paul and WENDY T. And yes, random for no particular reason other than it is so fun sending out prizes!