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I’m Going to a Lotta Jansdotter Workshop!

Hi all! I’m super excited for this weekend because tomorrow I’m going to a Surface Printing Workshop with Lotta Jansdotter at her Brooklyn Studio! I only recently discovered Lotta’s work a couple of months ago when I was starting to research hand printing my own fabric, but her style and products resonated with me immediately. I love her simplistic illustration style and color palette and the presence of nature in her work. You can check out her fabric here. She also makes really cute stationary and candles! As you can see, she is a very talented designer and I am so excited to learn from and be inspired by her!

The workshop will cover three different printing techniques that don’t need any fancy equipment, which is great because that means I can continue to print at home, and we will print on a variety of surfaces, like paper, tote bags, etc.

When I first started teaching myself how to sew, I bought “Printing by Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens” by Lena Corwin. I read the book cover to cover, taking notes, absorbed in the images of fabric and stationary printed with simple designs, all the while thinking “I could do that!” Since I started sewing, I’ve had the thought of printing my own fabric in the back of my mind, because what I quickly realized was that the thing I love most about sewing is going to the fabric store and looking at all of the different fabrics. So, I started to research textile designers online, read more design blogs and I purchased a couple more books (I’m a girl who loves to read about something and gain as much knowledge as possible before she actually does it). That’s when I discovered Lotta’s work, and while perusing her website, I saw that she offers workshops at her studio in Brooklyn! So, I bought her book, “Lotta Prints: How to Print with Anything, from Potatoes to Linoleum,” read through it, fell in love with her designs and ideas, and immediately signed up for the workshop! Ever since, I’ve been counting down the days to November 17th and the day is finally here!

Check back Monday to read all about my experience! I know it’s going to be a so inspiring and that I will walk away with the confidence and knowledge needed to start printing my own fabrics, paper, anything!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane

Curious New Books

Yay for new books! I just got two from Amazon:

Craft, Inc. Revised Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Creative Hobby into a Successful Business” by Meg Mateo Ilasco and “How to Make Money Using Etsy: A Guide to the Online Marketplace for Crafts and Handmade Products” by Timothy Adam. As my creative juices continue to flow, I’m finally sitting down to pursue my dream of starting an Etsy site! I’m arming myself with as much knowledge as possible before I dive into a new business.

I’ve started reading “Craft, Inc.” and so far, I’m loving it! As the author points out in the first chapter, there’s no better time to turn what you love into a business than right now! Her voice is realistic – no you will not turn a profit right away, it could be a year or two before you actually do – yet optimistic – why not give it a shot, because with enough passion, “planning and determination you can achieve more than you ever thought possible.” So far (I’m only in the second chapter), it’s a very motivating and informational read. I will let you know what I think of the book when I finish!
Stay Curious! xo…Alane