|New Ofelia Ljuv Collection SS 2012 pieces!|
One of the things I always like to ask my stockists (boutiques I sell at) is for feedback. If you strive to improve upon product, services, and yourself - feedback is essential unless you want to be stuck in a habit of simply doing everything the same. I do not care if it’s hurtful, blunt, or even minor. Anything helps because if I am going to change AND succeed I will take the hits early and get over my ego.
One of my stockists, Nathalie, had told me months ago certain things I should look into for my Ofelia Ljuv Collection. My Ofelia Ljuv Collection is all about Mori Girl aesthetics - bringing in the natural world, upcycling scrap fabrics and laces, and using bits and pieces of found objects. She had told me that I should consider silk and linens for backings of my pendant necklaces and brooches because some people are allergic to wool. That, wool was also a material limited to seasonality. She said that I should explore other color options since my palette was limited to beiges, creams, and browns. There was also positive feedback received on the versatility of certain pieces - combinations where a headpiece could be a brooch and necklace. At the same time she said my aesthetic was very romantic and feminine which means I should attempt to test the bridal market.
I took this feedback to heart with my most recent Ofelia Ljuv Collection. I went to fabric stores on Queen Street looking through scrap and end piece bins for remnant silks. As the minimums for silk usually start at 1/2 meter which in my opinion was at a price I did not want to pay for the small quantities I use. My friend, Stacy, also gave me scraps from her wedding dress to upcycle when she heard my dilemma with the minimums for silks. Thanks, Stacy! I always try to use end-pieces even with much of my MOKUBA trims I always try to shop the discontinued section because they will never be reproduced and they are essentially very expensive end pieces. For Ofelia Ljuv I also use chiffon from clothing I find at thrift stores that are already slightly beyond repairable. I delicately take them apart and make the scraps into flowers.
Here are some of my resulting pieces made from mostly upcycled materials. The filling for these pieces is actually the bits of chiffon scraps from making the flowers. :) The variable hues in the laces achieved through a tea-dyeing process. They are pretty and I am immensely proud of them. Also, because for the first time I used consistent freshwater pearls. I used to only use freshwater pearls I got randomly in those baggies of random beads at bead stores. They were an investment and it’s reflective in the pricing of these new pieces. They are also versatile pieces that can be a headpiece, necklace, brooch, and even a sweater guard attachment (not shown).
I’m hoping to submit them to The Textiles Museum Shop in time for Spring where they will shine among those who are passionate textiles aficionados like myself. I am really loving the organic feel of the freshwater pearls and silks used. What do you think? Love it? Would you wear it?
I recently had Mexican with two of my closest friends from high school. One was my best friend, M. who lives and works in Montreal who I can go long periods of time with little communication but as soon as we meet we bounce right back where we left off. That, is a true soul sister. I finally, after many many months gave her the straw cat head bag I got for her on Taobao. She loved it and said it was the best one I have given her yet. She’s a crazy cat lady so as soon as I saw it on Taobao I just had to get it for her. She in return got me my dream book unwittingly.
The whole story of her finding this book was quite comical. She was reading a feminist magazine called, Bitch Mag, and saw a Christmas gift giving feature. One of the features was 'Gifts for The Mushroom Lover’ and she read the description of Paul Stamets’ book: Mycellium Running - How Mushrooms Can Save The World. Gleefully thought it was perfect for me…ordered it off Amazon and gifted it to me. The whole thing felt like fate…actually, many things have been just feeling so RIGHT. I’m so happy with the book and I really really admire Paul Stamets work. For god sakes, he OWNS www.fungi.com as a domain name. That is juuuuust the epitome of awesome-ness.
This year is going to be epic. I’m so positive and certain about many things. For one, I am meeting with the owner of a boutique this coming week so I can prospectively place my accessories in another store…less then 10 days into the 2012 year. I have my friend, Gabe Toth, to thank for the beautiful professional pictures that I think helped a lot. I’m eternally grateful. Please, check out his gorgeous work! I hope I can add another stockist - then it’ll be 3 more stores before I submit my business plan for review to my German contact to set up a stockist in Germany. :) Wish me luck!