2/07/2011

Developing a taste for craft work (part 8 in our series)



As children, we are exposed to so many styles, hobbies and creative pursuits. I remember well feeling rather uncomfortable in ballet class but loving baseball, enjoying cooking but having zero interest (at the time) in my mother's sewing... and falling in love with pottery. What sticks? How does it stick? For Isabel, the French fashion designer behind isabelamyo, her own creative inspiration is something she will never forget. For her, she says, it developed over time.

Thank you, Isabel, for sharing your story with us in this, the 8th part of our series on the roots of design.

"Of course my mother sewed me clothing that I thought was "more or less successful" I confess, but I learned I wanted to make myself my clothes following my own desires. It was at that moment that I realized that I loved doing things with my hands."





Isabel's story continues. "It isn't very original, but I soon dressed all of my friends who came to see me. And in my bedroom with my sew machine and my my fabrics, my threads and my needles we worked together on the realization of some idea of clothing. It was great... there was always excitement that led us up to the culmination of a creation."

(photo above, and all that follow, from isabelamyo)




 "There was also my sister's dolls that I dressed as well. I loved turning a shapeless cloth into something built by practice. And one day I learned I had a neighbor who taught a lot of handwork to children. I went to see her she gives me some tips to improve, and I thank her again because I really improved my technique with this kind neighbor."


"I think that's what gave me the taste of craft work, work done with care, generosity and quality, thanks to the techniques I learned in my youth. They still serve me today."

13 comments:

Monica said...

So wonderful to know more about how your beautiful work came to be! Thank you for sharing!

Wonderful post, Jen!

Genevieve said...

And so if creative inspiration grows over time that means it will CONTINUE to evolve...which is very cool.

(I love that grey tunic, Isabel!)

LaLa! said...

What a lovely story!
I really love to read how all of you got inspired for the first time and about your artistic path - it inspires me now! Hope to read many more :)
Thanks for sharing Isabel and Jen!

Decorate the Diva said...

Amazing!

WolfeWoman said...

What a great read! I can picture the little girl who loved to dress up everyone!
Lee/ OneClayBead

steinschmuckdesign said...

Thank You!!!

Waterrose said...

what a great story and you had interesting sources to creativity!

ira said...

Oh I love your clothing...

PoleStar Jewelry - Handcrafted said...

very insightful, I love the idea of you dressing your dolls. I too immediately felt discomfort with ballet! lol

Rayanne said...

Got my nails done today...reading Lucky mag, while there, find Silver Ridge Studio....love it!
Love the lace top!!
New follower.

Montse Bote said...

Lovely clothing!!

IsabelAmyo said...

Thank you so much for all of message...
I'm encouraged :)

gaudblogvrudaii said...

Wonderful story! And wonderful designs!