Continuing with a fashion theme for today’s Wednesday Indie Artist Fixx, I’ve interviewed Maria Lucia Squillari of LarimeLoom. I’ve featured Lucia’s stunning, yet simple, fashions many times on Indie Fixx (here, here & here) and I thought it might be time to get to know the artist behind the designs.
1. So, what do you create & sell and how did you get your start?
I make clothes & sell them on etsy. I was making handwoven scarves and shawls when I first joined, but gradually got more and more in to sewing, till I started only making clothes as I started getting better at it.
2. What’s the best thing about what you do? And the worst?
The best thing is the total liberty of doing what I want when I want. Of course, I must stay on top of orders and requests and shipments, but the *knowing* I can decide of my time at any moment makes it so much more pleasant.
The not so good aspect is I sometimes end up working all day, which can be tiring.
3. What are your inspirations in your art and life?
I like looking at shop windows and pretty dresses in magazines. The little details, fabric & color combos and solutions I would not have thought of are definitely of inspiration.
4. What’s a typical day like for you?
I don’t really have a typical day. Some days I sew the whole time, others I spend catching up with shipments and still others are spent taking photos and listing goods in my shop. I like the variety!
5. What’s been your biggest accomplishment so far?
This dress. I made it before I ever knew of etsy, and it’s made with little bits of handwoven remnants sewn over and over with the sewing machine till it formed a new fabric. It took forever to make!!
6. What’s new or in works?
I love spinning and started a separate etsy shop for my handspuns a few months ago.