Studio Spaces: Textile Fetish

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I’d like to introduce a new feature to you today….it’s called Studio Spaces. For Studio Spaces, I will choose one Indie Fixx Shop artist or designer to highlight through photos of their studio space and a short interview. I am always fascinated by how people set-up and decorate their creative spaces and I also like to hear about what inspires them. I know you guys are interested in the same stuff too, so I hope you like the new feature.

The first designer I’d like to introduce you to is Jennifer Ramos from Textile Fetish. Jennifer started her home-based business,Textile Fetish, in the winter of 2001 and she creates and sells one-of-a-kind, handmade items, made mostly from reclaimed and recycled materials. Currently, I carry several designs of hot beverage cup sleeves from Textile Fetish in the Indie Fixx Shop. Both decorative and functional, they can help you reduce the amount of waste from those coffees-on-the-go, which I know I am guilty of indulging in.

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Learn more about Jennifer and Textile Fetish from these images of her studio and from my interview with her.

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1. What’s the name of your shop and what do you make?

Textile Fetish sells one-of-a-kind, handmade items, made mostly from reclaimed and recycled materials.

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2. What’s your favorite thing about your studio or work space? Your least favorite?

My work space is the formal dining room at the front of the house. There’s no wall or door to close it off from the front entryway. So whenever we have a new guest (you know how people look at your space differently when they see it for the first time?) I feel a little shy about it. I do, however, appreciate that the space is all mine and that it has a green wall and has everything I need in one place. It’s taken a long time to get it to this point.

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3. What do you listen to or watch while you work?

Netflix “watch instantly” documentaries, scary ones about food and government corruption, and also old tv shows like Emergency and Adam 12. Or The Office. Or Weeds.

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4. What are some of your inspirations in your arts & crafts?

The pairing of the two words, “arts and crafts” reminds me of when my mom had me painting clothespins brown and sticking on tiny googly eyes so we could make reindeer. And I abhor the glue gun! What inspires me in my designs is, 1.) a need for something functional, 2.) the desire to use up small pieces of fabric. Patchwork allows me to piece scraps that can then be cut into what’s required to make other items. It’s a compulsion. It’s a reuse-reuse-recycle obsession. I think a better question is: What inspires me to keep doing this? The economy is up and down and business is not always booming. During those down times, it’s easy to question whether I still have a customer base to sufficiently support what I do, and whether I ought to go more mainstream or close-up shop altogether and go back to my State job. That’s when I watch documentaries about Daniel Johnston, Charles Bukowski, The Flaming Lips, and Frank Gehry because they help me stay focused. They remind me that a person’s art should remain organic and that even when it fails to bring in loads of money, it continues to serve a greater purpose.

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5. Anything you want to share? Doing any craft shows this season, have some new products coming out, or get a really big write-up in a national publication?

So far I have no shows scheduled. I’m hoping that the airlines will straighten out some of their issues and I am especially hoping they do not start limiting checked baggage to one-per-person.

I have an apron design that appears in the new book, A is for Apron by Nathalie Mornu. It’s my first time to be published in print.

Lastly, you can watch me demonstrate how to make a “Super Easy Craft Apron” on the DIY website. This 6-minute clip is from one of the episodes I taped with two of my friends in the summer of ‘06.

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6. Who would play you in a movie of your life?

You know, it’s hard to say as this would have to be someone much younger than me. If I live to be pretty old, and I am assuming that the movie of my life won’t be made until my life is, well, coming to a close, well, you see what I’m saying.

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