I have been spending a lot of time sewing. I want to spend more time designing. Who can help me?!
Baby Hobo is on the cusp now, I think, of needing to make some big decisions. As a hobby, it has become hard work. I had several commissions over the holidays and was forced to really sit through and sew sew sew for dollars. I don't need the dollars that bad, so it was hard to do so much work for not that much money.
As a business, there's a ton of potential in this tiny brand. I have an abundance of design ideas and I go ballistic with zen happiness when I have the time to work on them. What I need to do is make a bridge from the small, personal scaled production that I do for one store, to a larger scale operation that will at some point pay me for my efforts. I have that entrepreneurial craze, I can't help it.
Problem is, I don't want a job! I mean, not a real job where I am slaving away at my sewing machine hours and hours on end. But there's got to be a way, right? I am interested in finding models for design brands made from re-purposed materials that have found a sane way to grow into money-making ventures. I could, surely, find some benevolent soul to trust in me thousands upon thousands of dollars, and make what the business people call an "investment". I may have to do that. I would rather grow from the inside out though, if possible, and take on very little risk in inching this whole shebang forward.
I have been looking at brands like Cate & Levi, for example (see here, a supremely adorbs monkey from re-purposed sweaters).
This is a brand that started, seemingly, exactly as I have started. With a parent who ventured into design using re-purposed materials. He has in the last few years found a way to systematize the specialized creation of these one-of-a-kind items, such that the brand has grown large enough to be offered through West Elm!
Now, I don't know if dude had a money tree in his house or what, but he describes the trajectory of the brand in terms that seem really doable. Starting with him and a few artist friends sewing in a small studio office together. I can do that. I just need help. I have interviewed a couple of people, still waiting to see how it will all work. What with the no capital and all. There's a lot more to be discussed about this.
In the meantime, I wish I could spend more time on the most fun stuff. Like this part (bib colors):
And this part (working on a design for floor textiles!):