Sunday, June 14, 2009

Go Big or Go Home(on a budget[for dummies])

So a few years back I started dyeing and sewing dress-up clothes and various other fiber-things. I didn't really "go for it" for a couple of reasons. First, though I can sew I really don't like to do it as an integral part of my creative process. Second, my "real" job sucked the creative life out of me.

Well, I quit my creative soul-sucking job and decided to proceed with my previous venture, but with some tweaks. There will still be sewing, it can't be avoided. However, it won't be as big a part of Desert Dyeworks as it was before. What I am most excited about is my new obsession with printing on fabric.

I have been experimenting and creating designs with screen printing. At this point I feel like the ADHD kid in art class. I have so many new ideas popping into my head, but despite this I am focused and motivated. Of course, there is nothing like quitting your day job to motivate you!

So, my mantra has been "Go big or go home". Which means do this, make it work, or totally sell your soul to the man. However, leaving my job and having little savings leaves me to be financially creative getting things going and living at the same time. Fortunately, I do have resources and supplies left-over from the old Desert Dyeworks days. I have also found many helpful places on the inter-web that have sprouted ideas in my head on how to make things that look well done without having to buy expensive supplies.

My favorite supply financial work around has been the concept of "upcycling". Huh? What's that? Well, it's basically recycling. I am taking those clothing items that others decided they didn't want or need anymore and giving them a new life. Don't worry. If you see me selling panties or boxers, they were not upcycled. Ewww!

So, check back in to see what's going on with Desert Dyeworks. I'll be here 'cuz I am definately goin' big!

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