Did you go to school for fashion? If so, where did you study?
I did not got to fashion school, but did go for Elementary Education. I have always been crafty and resourceful which is a trait I learned growing up with a single mom. I have been sewing since I was 12 yrs old, starting off with easier projects like pillowcases and quilts to eventually teaching myself pattern making and clothing construction.
What types of items will you be selling at the bazaar?
I make up-cycled, one-of-a-kind hoodies and dresses with an a-symmetrical zipper that I call Hip Zips. I also make hand bags and tote bags.
What materials do you work with?
Recycled jersey and sweater knit for the Hip Zips. Canvas twill for the totes.
How are your items made? Describe your process.
I try to find bright colors, or the craziest and ugliest prints from the thrift stores. Everything is washed and then cut open at the seams to then be used as a fabric. I draft my own patterns and then the magic happens I guess. I love to color block and mix unconventional patterns. My hip zips definitely have an 80’s feel. I don’t really know what something is going to look like until I start pulling colors and prints together. It’s a very artistic ritual that keeps myself always excited about the process.
Are you able to make your work full-time? If not, what do you do for your day job?
I do pretty much do this for a living. I also teach Zumba but that’s really a labor of love.
Who are some of your favorite fashion designers?
Anna Sui, I love her bold prints and colors.
What are you reading/listening to right now?
Can’t remember a time when I had the time to read, so it’s audiobooks all the way while I am working if I am not listening to Pandora.
AudioBook- Clockwork Angel
Music- everything from melodic hardcore to electronic indie.
Where would you like to see yourself and your art/craft business in the next 10 years? I’ve been doing this for 7 years and to keep doing it at the same pace I have been is totally fulfilling to me. I love living in Buffalo and traveling all over the country for indie craft fairs as well as selling my stuff in indie boutiques, on my website and etsy.
Visit Holly at Booth #56 at our upcoming bazaar!