What is your craft / art / creative endeavor?
I am a fashion designer who is out to create fashion that you can’t buy in any one store. I am inspired by so many things which I think is reflected in my shop. I am also the seamstress of my art. I get to know my pieces very well by the end and pretty much want to tell anyone who buys the piece my process behind it. Sometimes I feel I end up as a storyteller also.
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
I have known since high school I wanted to go into fashion. I got my BA in theater Costume Design and then proceeded to go into fashion school. After working a bit more in theater I started participating in small fashion shows and making my corsets. After a while someone mentioned etsy and I have been working on my etsy and doing art shows.
Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
Shawk is a combination of my last name and my husbands. One of our theater friends came up with it and we thought it was great. We thought it worked on so many levels. Great for a fashion name and great for his last name because he is a lighting designer working with electricity.
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
I mostly work alone. My husband gets to hear all my ideas and encourages me constantly. He also lets me know if my ideas are just crazy. Usually right before a large craft fair my husband and I (sometimes friends too!) sit on a couch together grommeting corsets, tagging clothes and doing last minute prep work.
My friends and family also give a good deal of support. I defiantly need it as I always need to be reminded that brakes actually make you more productive in the long run….
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
I mostly sell online during the year on etsy.
But I do some shows and find I am more successful at that. I want to find some small stores to start having stuff in.
I love selling in person. I love meeting my customer and putting them in a corset. I love the reactions I get!
Do you have any favorite handmade shops or sellers?
I just got back in touch with a friend from college. He was an amazing scenic designer and welder. He just opened up shop on etsy and he stuff is so creative! He is also pursuing his passion in art and learning tons about sculpture work too!
Its so inspiriting to look at his awesome creations!
What inspires and motivates you?
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Sometimes an abandoned shack on the side of a road, a picture of paris, one piece of lace, a piece of fabric or a neat pattern in the sky. I don’t look for inspiration in something, it tells me what it wants to morph into.
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