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Friday, November 26, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I feel like I've waited my entire creative life to work in the studio space I have now and despite how far I've come I feel like I am just getting started and am very excited about the future.
We've been in the studio for 6 months. Joe is sharing the space and pursuing photography now that most of the shipyards have disappeared in New England. He's enjoying his new career and has two pieces in the Save the Bay exhibit that opens 11.18.10. Our summer was extremely busy and fulfilling. With good weather and an outstanding summer farmers' market, neither of us had much free time but cranked out an enormous amount of work. Joe nicknamed me "No.7" like a part in the factory. He's No.6.
With the holidays fast approaching and soon to be a memory my mind is on 2011 and pursuing new goals. I've submitted a project to Kickstarter.com and am hoping to raise funds needed to upgrade equipment and be ready to market a range of Willywaw products in time for spring/summer. I've finished a video showcasing my work and am waiting for a reply from Kickstarter.com to post it if we are accepted.
Our first Open Studio is set for Sunday, December 5, 2010 from 10 am-3pm! Joe and I are excited to welcome you to our new studio space. Please mark it on your calendar and be sure to stop by. The studio is located at 31 Sextant Lane, Unit D, Narragansett, RI 02882.
The studio is open by appointment only during the week and you can always find us at the Coastal Growers' Market at the Lafayette Mill in North Kingstown, RI every Saturday 10am-2pm.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
The Coastal Growers Farmers' Market at Casey Farm has ended for the season and we will be moving to our winter location at the Lafayette Mill next weekend. We had a tremendous season and are extremely grateful to our loyal customers for their patronage and support. If you are in Rhode Island please stop by the Winter Market, open every Saturday 10am - 1pm.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Only two farmers' markets left for the season and as successful as it was, I am really looking forward to a break and working on new designs for spring and summer. I have signed up for the entire summer season with Coastal Growers' at Casey Farm as well as the URI May Festival and Virtu Arts Festival in Westerly. Dates will be posted on my web and Etsy site.
My newest batch of prints was inspired by a loyal market customer who requested a set of multi-colored placemats in my favorite bug-eaten oak leaf design. It took a several days to print as I needed to clean the screen after each color.
My Mum found the oak leaf and gave it to me years ago and it is a treasure for sure. I know I still have it somewhere but was able to find a scan of it and re-worked it a bit for the graphic. I used it as a logo for years when I was doing freelance illustration work and thought it would be perfect printed on triple-washed hemp canvas for placemats and on linen union for pillows.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
December came and went quickly! My days were scheduled down to the minute, printing, sewing and filling orders with hardly time for anything else. I finished my big order for Crabtree and Evelyn a day ahead of schedule and relished the feeling of a few days off for Christmas. I want to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported Willywaw this past year. My first full year in business was super and I was able to accomplish all that I set out to do. I learned a lot, was encouraged by my now loyal customers and have big plans for the coming year.
The Coastal Growers Market moved inside to the LaFayette Mill in Wickford for it's first winter season and I jumped on board, committing to every weekend until March 13th. I have a great corner stall and a full assortment of hand crafted goods. My t-shirts remain the most popular and herb sachets, tea towels and new pillow designs have been favorites as well. If you are in Rhode Island be sure to stop by. The market is filled with local growers, produce, artisans and goods.
January looks like a month of planning and learning Quickbooks with my new accountant, working on a strategy for the year and finding an affordable, large studio space to function in. I've started working on sketches and ideas for the Spring collection and continue to add goods to my Etsy site.