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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Great News!

With lots of help and encouragement of family and friends, I can proudly announce that my macrame bibs are now for sale in two locations. The Galleria in Calgary, AB and the Black Rooster Mercantile in Black Creek, B.C. both stores have a selection of my one-of-a-kind, cotton flannel, handmade bibs.

Since the completion of my one year zero-waste project I have taken small, yet terrifying steps out of my comfort zone to find my direction. Shortly after the last zero-waste project blog was posted, there were application deadlines for two local art galleries. Gratefully, without much time to talk myself out of it, I put together an application for each. It is a shift for me to consider my work as art, or as myself as an artist but part of me has always imagined creating some sort of installation.  So I came up with a display that could look like a woman's closet. Minimal and bohemian, the display is meant to draw in the passerby. Upon closer investigation the display reveals the variety of designs that can be created from one yard of fabric and with zero-waste construction.

With my applications submitted, I then had time to give to other projects. As some sort of grand gesture, my mind finally came around to figuring out how to complete the hemp baby blanket I began working on when my husband and I started dating. I also originally blogged about this blanket back in 2015 and by completing it I felt an unexpected and overwhelming sense of accomplishment!
It was almost symbolic as the squares of material were the original hemp fabric samples I received so many years ago when Soham Design created its first line of hemp yoga clothing. All these years later it seems clear that creating a line of children's clothing is a path I need to explore. Hence the construction of the baby bibs, although not hemp or zero-waste, they are quickly helping me navigate the mysteries of marketing. 

I have since heard back from one gallery and can proudly say, I received a beautiful rejection letter.   To me these comments are invaluable "know that your proposal was considered carefully; your zero-waste project is fascinating and relevant--".  I am truly humbled to be in the company of other local and Canadian artisans, whether briefly in the consideration process of a local gallery, or by sharing the shelves at a locally-crafted shop. 

I am that I am. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Soham Design: A Year In Review - Part I

Soham Design: A Year In Review - Part I: This post is maybe more for my own purposes but hopefully for your pleasure as well. It still boggles my mind that each of these garments, w...

A Year In Review - Part I

This post is maybe more for my own purposes but hopefully for your pleasure as well. It still boggles my mind that each of these garments, with the exception of 3, were created from the identical amount of fabric. It is a testament to the variety of clothing that can be made out of one yard of material and this collection hardly "scratches the surface".
I don't know that I've ever really explained why I chose zero-waste design as a constraint for this project. Or why I chose to constrain myself at all. It stems from my studies in Industrial design. As a student, we were tasked with design briefs that outlined what working with a potential client would be like. Part of this design process was to identify what the constraints were that would shape your ideas. They are helpful in guiding your design and reaching a desirable product, but they are also helpful to control the variables and push the boundaries. 
Packaging, to me, is an interesting part of Industrial design. Like fashion design, the outcome is a 3-dimensional product formed out of a 2 dimensional plane. (Sorry, that's the physics talking!)  A few years back, there were design competitions that challenged designers to create furniture out of one piece of 4x8 plywood. The results were inspiring! Could this "flat pack construction" constraint be applied to clothing design?
I then discovered zero-waste fashion and I'm not sure I can ever make another garment in the traditional sense ever again!

I am that I am.