I took a business plan class at my local community college and because it was such a small class (only me and one other girl), we got plenty of individual attention. Ever since then I have been planning a personal project of mine behind the scenes. When I'm not doing client work, promoting my branding services, and managing my business, I'm developing a small collection of handmade goods: textiles for the home and paper goods all created with sustainability in mind.
A short back story. In college, I started making jewelry using vintage postage stamps and selling them at art markets around the city and a few boutiques. I started taking graphic design much more seriously around my senior year, and it quickly took over. I am very passionate about graphic design and my client work, but I also enjoy working with my hands. With this collection, I'm looking forward to spending some time off of the computer. It's challenging to create a cohesive collection of goods, so I created this mood board as a visual reminder. There will be patterns, watercolor, and a general handmade feel with the imagery. Hand lettering, black and white, pops of color. For now, I'm sewing all of the textile goods myself. I'm starting small with room to grow. It may change a little bit, but I am loving the feel and it feels very "me", which is appropriate because the collection will be under my name!
When I was taking that class, I originally planned on launching this fall, but I want to practice "slow design" and not rush it, and will be officially launching for early spring 2016! I'm so ready to get this going. My teacher explained how business owners get stuck in the planning stage, because you're scared and you want to control every step. But, it's simply not possible to anticipate every problem, so I'm moving forward as best I can without fear. It's definitely an artistic and often fluctuating process, but I'm loving each new realization as I get closer and closer to a cohesive collection!
With the launch in 2016, there will be a new online shop as an extension of my current site (which will stay the same, my freelance design business isn't going anywhere!). You may not hear much from me about it here for the next few months, but it IS happening. You can follow along on Instagram where I'm most active, and where I plan on documenting the process as much as I can.