On a side note, I just submitted a project proposal for an Artist in Residence program I am *REALLY* excited about. I am crossing all my fingers and any toes that have that kind of flexibility.
If I got this it could change the direction of my art and expand my abilities and resources exponentially. This would be a huge step in my career, and more importantly tons of fun! I’d get to learn, teach, use my hands, experiment, create, and play with new tools and technology.
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I need to find more body parts to cross. I really want this.
Gunmetal cow leather for my first round of bags. It feels and smells amazing. I can’t wait to carry this around.3 weeks ago
So here she is…. My new japanese-made Juki 555. I bought her from a lovely fellow designer last night!
The next step is getting a leather feed dog and a servo motor for it, but buying a good industrial flatbed was then first step in starting my business.
My logo is in development and I want to get an embossing stamp made. After the I’m going to bootstrap my shoemaking business by making and selling simple leather bags with my logo on them.
Thinking long term, I plan to make my business two-pronged. While I’m developing the line I plan to have manufactured, I’m also using this new Juki to make bags that will help me raise money to buy shoemaking tools. When I launch, I will not only have my awesome ready-to-wear line, but I’ll also offer a few special handmade styles.
But this is all further down the road. Right now I need to focus on getting my li’l Juki leather-ready! Then bags will be on the way…..1 month ago
Got my business license certificate today.
Now I just need to do the fictitious name paperwork and place an notice in the paper… Then I’m officially the owner of my design company’s name! :)
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It’s all a big mess right now, but trust me, it’s turning into something.1 month ago
I’m REALLY out of practice…. but I spent an hour sketching for the first time in ages. Felt weird, but good. 2 months ago
My friend Sonia writes a brilliant column about how comics should be good! A few weeks ago she posted a mini-article on her favorite superhero footwear and I have a feeling some of you might enjoy it. :)
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I just heard back from the awesome shoe job I wrote about last week, and unfortunately they decided they needed more of an office manager than an assistant designer. I think it’s a smart choice for them, but I’m more disappointed than I thought I would be.
I really like both of the designers/owners and I really like their style. It would have been a fantastic opportunity for me to learn more about the business side of things while working with people I respect and enjoy. Alas, it was not meant to be. They asked for me to stay in touch and said some wonderfully encouraging words. It helped soften the blow. But still…. damn, I really hoped I could work with them.
There is only one more company I can try applying to here in San Francisco. After that, I’m shit out of luck when it comes to a regular paying job in my field. Yeah, I can freelance. But not a lot of companies in my field seem to want a newbie freelancer. It’s tough going. I don’t yet have the contacts or experience most people seem to want.
Anyhow, boo. I wish I could drown my sorrows in something alcoholic and sweet, but I’m trying very hard to take care with my health right now, and that would be counterproductive.
Sad shoe designer is sad.
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Phone interview today for a freelance design gig. Not entirely sure what they want, so this will be an interview where I question them as much as they question me. Also interesting is the fact that I hate talking on the phone…
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