Inspiration from Vintage Fabrics and Ephemera
Its only taken me 10+ years to figure out what to do with the approximately 3,567 swatches and vintage fabrics I have collected after countless Saturday morning yard sales. When my Grandma passed away, she left behind a treasure trove of vintage remnants. A Master collector (its genetic, evidently), she was certain they would be useful one day. It turns out she was right: The faint aroma of moth balls was integral to sowing the seed of inspiration that brought my little business to fruition. When I started making purses and bags I didn't need to look far for materials. My drawers were full of things that were waiting patiently for a second life. Amid the riot of color was the inspiration to remaster any sweater, a dress or a skirt a hundred different ways. The hunting and gathering for these fabrics is my life’s bliss (yes, I have friends and family, and they’re o.k. with their position on the bliss-o’-meter..)
Seldom, if ever, do I leave a good estate or yard sale with ONLY what I was looking for (the non-impulse buyer is a myth, I googled it). Lately, I have had particularly good luck with ephemera. And while I’ve inadvertently been collecting it since I was a kid, it was mostly limited to Bazooka wrappers and Valentine’s Cards featuring the Fonz. A box full of old post cards, forgotten board game pieces or old magazine clippings can really set your imagination to roam.
Some of these images--so lovely, funny and nostalgic--have been made into coasters so that I can catch a little glimpse of the happy under my glass every day. I'm sure eventually some of them will find themselves incorporated into a bag, or their unusual color pallet will inspire me to put together color combinations that haven’t been seen together since Lucy and Ricky danced at the Tropicana (I think you can tell what's on my DVR).
So, I continue to collect inspiration: repurpose it, reimagine it and resurrect it; there’s something of value in just about everything..(except maybe recipes that include Aspic).