Sunday Shift Progress: Launch and Holiday Markets

Remember back when I said I wanted to have an Etsy store set up by September? Yeah, well, that didn’t happen. That’s okay. One thing I’ve learned as an entrepreneur is that product development takes a lot longer than I thought. And I’ve still made good progress with Sunday Shift, even with the full-time job.

Dyeing fabric red

Dyeing fabric in the garage. This is what progress looks like.

One of the biggest accomplishments of the fall is that I was accepted for the 2015 cycle of a program called Launch, a year-long retail incubator sponsored by Raleigh’s Visual Art Exchange (VAE). In addition to the professional skills I’ll be learning, I’m thrilled to have camaraderie of other creative entrepreneurs.

VAE has a shop in the front of their gallery selling the products of current Launch Program fellows, and the 2015 fellows were asked to bring in a few items as a sort of sneak preview of the year to come. I dropped off two shift dresses, one in the smoky hemp/silk blend I described in a recent post and another in a cobalt blue with silk shibori-dyed pockets, plus a few knit necklaces. If you’re in the Raleigh area and want to see or purchase Sunday Shift items in person, stop by VAE during their open hours or during their holiday market on December 14, which will feature work by many of their member artists.

But wait! There’s more. For the second year I’ll have mohair and copper necklaces at the MassArt Made Holiday Sale at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston (where I got my MFA). They are lovely and fuzzy and come in a few different colors.

So, I’m not on Etsy for the holiday shopping spree, but I am at a couple holiday markets, and I’m inclined to count my successes. For the next few weeks my plan is to experiment a bit with fabrics, construction variations on the patterns I’ve developed so far, and surface design. Fun times ahead.

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