Today was a bit momentus, I changed the shop name from A Dog Like Sparky to ‘IN THE MAKING – aprons’. I’ve been pondering it for a while. The shop range has changed, focussing almost entirely on women/men creatives rather than children. Things came to a head when an apron/linens business lifted my entire tagline word for word, for their new denim apron’s Christmas social media campaign, then a magazine used my ‘Aprons for Makers’ title for a Christmas apron feature (really girly ones!). A change was needed, a shorter shop name that gives you an idea what I do!
It’s amazing how many changes have to be made across the Folksy and Etsy shops and social media…things that have been built up gradually over the last 4 years.
One of my aprons (ochre No8) was featured on the Folksy blog yesterday! It is a ‘Gifts for Men’ feature selected by Andrew Cunningham East Design. A photo of the brown No10 woodwork apron ais a also in the ad!
It’s taken a couple of weeks to get everything sorted for the open studio on Saturday. Lots of planning, compiling and printing, exhibition diagrams, written information, signs, and moving the furniture about!
Open Studio – Saturday 23rd September 2017
South East London Makers Club 2017 – a London Design Festival 2017 event.
Last week I began the process of taking over the front room as my studio! The room was so underused and my Sparky work stations and ‘stuff’ are at different locations all over the house.
Working in there has improved my productivity already. I’ve decided not to have the computer in there…it’s too much of a distraction, but I do have a radio and my mobile phone. I bought two folding trestle tables, so that I don’t have to cut out fabric and patterns on the floor (which gives me heartburn) and moved my Benina sewing machine into the room to join my Texi industrial machine that has been in there since January… it’s all still a work progress though.
If you’re wondering where we sit these days, we’ve turned my eldest daughter’s bedroom into a ‘snug’ with a .T.V. and big sofa under her high loft bed (she is a 5th year vet student and only comes home for a few days every now and then)….there’s also the advantage of the amazing view across Deptford/Greenwich to Canary Wharf/Docklands.