fabricpileHere’s my idea of fun: a huge stack of fabric in all sorts of colors, styles, weights, patterns and sizes. From this I let my imagination run free and create whatever comes to mind. What makes it even more fun is that the only fabric I use is salvaged fabric like this particular stack – which I was lucky to obtain from a former interior designer.

I’m a graphic designer by day, and sewing enthusiast by night. I’m fortunate to have a creative career that inspires me to continue creating after hours.

I have been doing this little side business for more than 10 years. It began with making glass beads and jewelry, and transitioned to sewing when I needed some decorative props for my display at an art fair. The glue gun just wasn’t cutting it anymore, so I thought, ‘how hard can it be to sew down this edge?’

So I bought a sewing machine and called upon my 7th grade Home Economics course where I had  learned the basics through such projects as the ‘stuffed dolphin’ and the sundress. That was enough to get started; the rest I have learned from online tutorials and experimentation. Purses were the natural choice of product – not surprising since I have been known to dream about them.

pupsI do my sewing in my basement studio to the whir of the washing machine and the company of my two assistants, Finnegan and Jack.

Why Studio23? Well, the number 23 has always been special to me because it’s the day of my birthday as well as both of my parents’ birthdays. And then I met my husband, and guess what day his birthday is? You guessed it – 23. Now it’s one of those things where I notice the number 23 everywhere. So, why not ‘Studio23’?

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