My friends, I feel like I have been waiting years to write this post and I’m so excited to finally share all about the grand opening of my studio space!
As you know I’ve been working from home for the past 10 years and as much as I have loved it, it also came with it’s complications. This year I started feeling like we had outgrown the space. There wasn’t enough room for me and my team to work comfortably, and I was also feeling like I needed a bit more separation of my work and home life.
When I drove by this space one day I thought it was exactly what I had been dreaming of! There is room for my whole team to work comfortably and for me to do some things that were never possible in my home workspace – like making my workspace open to the public so that we can connect more with the local sewing community! I am really loving being able to meet so many other makers and share our love of sewing.
This space allows me to display our pattern samples publicly, which i love, because i think makes it so much easier to get your head around the details and features of each design when you can hold them and touch them.
As you know I am incredibly passionate about sustainability in fashion and sewing, and textile waste is something that is incredibly worrying to me. I wanted to be able to offer a sustainable source of fabric to Perth makers, so I have been working closely with amazing local fashion labels to stock their deadstock fabric from their manufacturing. This has been an incredibly satisfying new aspect of my business – seeing fabric that was once waste and unused, finding a new use is so exciting! I feel like we are creating a little sustainable loop here in Perth and i love it!
I will share a proper tour of our studio once we are fully settled in, but for now I thought you might enjoy seeing a few snaps from our grand opening a few weeks ago. It was an amazing and overwhelming day with over 300 makers visiting the studio there was barely room to move for a few hours, and my heart is just so full with the amazing support i’ve received from the Perth sewing community. I commissioned local artist Chris Nixon to create a gorgeous sewing mural ready for our opening, and he did an amazing job and I love how it turned out!! I also ordered special logo cookies for the occasion and we had free flowing champagne for everyone who stopped by, and it was just such a fun day celebrating the opening.
This was such a busy busy day and I honestly don’t know how it would have happened without my amazing team. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped out on the day – my wonderful mom, my sister in law Annelise (who flew in from Canberra!), my dear dear friend Yvette, Krystal, Alzena, Jane and Anita.
Once we’re properly settled in I’ll make sure to share a full tour of the new space, but I really hope you enjoyed this little peek into our grand opening day celebration!!