Monday, April 11, 2011

More fun with Vests

I made three more vests out of my sister's stack of vintage fabrics.  I'm pretty happy with them.  I have enough fabric of the blue and white to make another one in a different size, so if you're interested let me know!  LOL!

This has been a great experiment, one I'm going to keep moving forward on.  I already have plans for a butterfly lapel, and have cut out, glossed and perforated pieces of polymer clay to create a beautiful mosaic pattern for my next vest.  My sister has suggested I think about making some vests entirely out of satin for that real formal flash, and I'm going to.

In other news, I've started having discussions with my partner regarding setting up a booth at a local farmer's market...  Art Fairs and competitions were part of my New Year's resolution, so this could be a good step forward.  I'm told that these kinds of venues aren't really about making money as much as they're about making contacts and networking.  I suppose that's right.  I'm a little worried about having enough things that are in a range of price points, but I suppose all I can do about that is keep making stuff.  Finding the right thing to make that's actually going to appeal to people is the problem, and part of me says "just make what's in your heart."  I know I have to balance my heart and my head, but that's not new.  Age old issue, right?  Not unique to me.  LOL!

I also whipped out a piece of artwork the other day--a big wall hanging with fabric painting and yarn on white brocade fabric...  I can't figure out how to take a picture of it because I can't hang it on my own wall...  I have plaster walls that are original from the 1940s...  My landlord would freak if we hung up stuff on our own!  LOL!  He hangs everything for us, and putting in temporary holes for me to take a picture of it would raise his hackles...  Hm.  Any suggestions?    It's probably about 65" wide by 40" long...

I think I like the fabric wall hanging idea... I may end up exploring that for the future.  But right now, I need to pay attention to the mosaic butterfly vest.  More on that soon!

Until then, Live Life with Relish!


  1. Gorgeous! each and every one. I think you would have so much fun at an art fair/market, just the chance to talk and show, meet so many folks, all good stuff.

    I am so looking forward to seeing the wall hanging!
    Do you have a large enough wooden fence outside that could be used for hanging and photo taking?

    Oh! and butterfly vest! I will look forward to that, too ... Cory, thanks for sharing all your beautiful art and talent.

  2. Susan, that's brilliant! Yes, I do have a fence that I can use! Of course, why didn't I think of that--half of the garments I've put up for sale have been photographed in front of my back fence! That's It!!!

    Thank you thank you thank you!! Excellent idea!

  3. So sorry to have dropped the e out of your name up there, I hate when that happens, but I love your openness to the fence idea. We always live in such small spaces and have to really get creative with things, too ... have fun, my friend

  4. Oh my God how did I get so far behind, I ask ya?? Though I will confess I have spent all this week playing in my newly painted "Girly Girl room" :) But you can't blame me I've waited 1&1/2 years for this to get done. I spent all that time junkin,makin,and dreamin. I'll post pictures soon.

    The market is a great idea. You know I usually only sell a couple of things during the monthly art walk and sale, but people see my stuff & get a chance to meet me. Quite a few times they have returned to the store and purchased something they saw. I also pick up a number of commission pieces during the walk. But you are right about having a few different price points. Like I think I said in my last post. Lots of times customers don't have a large piece in their budget right then. But most everyone can splurge on a new pair of earrings. It's the same rational as a new lip stick. During recessions and low economic times the sale of lip stick really jumps. Why? Makes perfect sense, you might not be able to by a new season wardrobe, or even a new outfit, but you can invest in a new color of lipstick to spiff up last year's wardrobe! ;)

    Molds are fun to make. I just use my polymer clay to make the molds with. Then spend a day walking around looking at everything with the thought of using it to make a mold of. You know like a great silver pattern on the handles of the "good silver" silverware. Or an earring,brooch, even buttons make awesome molds!Wow think handmade buttons on your vests!!

    Pattie ;)
    Mazatlan Mx.

  5. Ooo! Ooo! Handmade buttons! Awesome idea! I think i'm gonna have to start making some molds right away... Project for Tomorrow! Woohooo!

    A Girly Girl room?!? You have got to post pics on your blog!! Please!! I can't wait to see!

    Yeah, I think it's going to be the Hillcrest Farmer's Market, but I'm still pondering medium and low price point items to crank out... Perhaps some framed fabric painted assemblages? I'm wary of aprons right now because everyone is making them, but maybe I can make a few formal velveteen hostess ones. And everyone makes handbags, too, so that's out... My plan is to go scope things out this weekend, and see. I haven't been in a while, so it'll be fun. I saw a blog post about clear backless bezels, so maybe I'll explore that... Hmmm...


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