Confirmed over the weekend that I’ll be selling at the Christmas Market – 57 Gallery, SE13 London. 6-7th December 2014. I’m so exited I haven’t done a Christmas fair for years. I had a lovely morning rummaging about in boxes, sorting out little paper bags, labels, pegs (for attaching info/prices) etc into one box.. Here’s a photo. Now I’ve got to start making some Christmas decorations etc so that I have a range of prices, my desk is covered in fabric and packet of sequins trying to get some new ideas!
Finally did it, a Facebook page for A Dog Like Sparky, I caved in to pressure from my daughters and friends! I’m not a big fan of social media, I want to be making things and doing things rather than talking about it – but I can see the value in sharing ideas and inspiration, design processes and investigating new skills etc. Here goes…….
I’ve started a new apron collection on the Folksy shop, called ‘Artisan’, I put three up today. They are designed with function and style in mind, for craftspeople, technicians and designers (but pretty good for home use too). This is all about building A Dog Like Sparky a distinctive brand.
Folksy are moving everyone over to a new shopfront design, I’ve been pondering what to do with it for a couple of months and finally got round to sorting it out this week. It’s a reverse denim appliqué Sparky dog, stitched with thick top stitching thread, with a hand stitched cross eye; instead of a conventional portrait I used the kids ‘Smiley Camo Apron’ logo.
I finally got round to photographing these cushions yesterday, and putting them on Folksy today. They are made from graded t-shirt logos from Mini Boden: I did the original designs for them. The design director gave me the samples with some fabrics, to make some ‘stuff’ to sell to raise funds for the school Storysacks Library.
I finally finished the Peace At Last storysack on Thursday and it was out on loan straight away on Friday! The bear is very cuddly indeed, I’m particularly pleased with the knitted dressing gown. The printing on the bird whistle bag was an interesting experiment (see my last post).
I’m really excited. Gently Elephant the beautiful children’s shoe shop in Brockley SE4, that also sells books, toys and clothes, are stocking Dog Like Sparky aprons! Exclusive to Gently Elephant the denim aprons feature their own elephant logo design. It was such a good experience collaborating on the designs with Alex and Helen; the aprons have turned out really well.