In The Studio with Karin Persan of Better Than Jam

I think it is very important to show our customers what goes into the creation of all the wonderful handmade items that we sell in our shop.  I think taking a peak inside an artist’s studio is a great way to learn more about them and their process.  I decided to start a series on this blog where our artists can share snap shots of their studio.  First up is Karin Persan of Better Than Jam.

Handprinted Oatmeal A-Line Dress

Karin creates women’s dresses, tops and accessories that are each pieces of one-of-a-kind art, yet comfortable and easy to wear.  Each piece is made by hand by Karin from start to finish.  All of her fabrics are first screen printed with a collage of her unique imagery, which are either created from a photo, drawing or just an item thrown directly on the scanner. She designs all her patterns & sews them up into a truly unique garment.  Karin seems to treat each dress or top as a blank canvas for her art.  I hope you enjoy this peak into her studio space in Brooklyn as much as I did.  If you ever find yourself in Bushwick, feel free to visit b/c her stuido is also home to her own boutique, also called Better Than Jam, which stocks handmade fashion by many other local designers. Shop our collection of her A-Line Dresses here.  I have one and I am obsessed with it!  Stop in the shop to check them out in person and also some longer ones that aren’t yet on the site.

imagery to be printed on fabrics

printing the fabrics

a burned screen ready for printing

stacks of screens – each burned with an image that Karin will print on the fabric individually, creating her final collage of images


sewing all her beautifully printed fabrics into stunning garments

Better Than Jam Handmade Storefront

Thank you Karin for sharing these snap shots of your studio!


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