I’m sharing my interview with Lola from Sew Lola for today’s Wednesday Indie Artist Fixx. Lola creates freshly sewn vintage goodies using beautiful hard to find and vintage fabrics. My favorites are her vintage key locket necklaces! Read and see more below.
What’s the name of your business, what do you create and sell and how did you get your start?
Hi! My name is Lola. I learned to sew at the age of 11. Since then, I love things that are handmade, I appreciate them more. In 2007, I opened Sew Lola on Etsy. I make one of a kind purses, jewelry, and home decor using vintage finds. Visit my shop!
What’s your creative process like?
I make my own patterns in my sewing studio. Before a season starts, I plan ahead to bring something new to my shop. For this Fall season, I am making messenger bags with vintage plaid fabrics and doilies. I love visiting antique shops and fairs to find vintage fabrics, buttons, and lace. I enjoy every process, from planning what to make to packing the finished creation.
Were you an arty craftsy kid?
Yes. When I was a teen, my mom asked me to make the ornaments for our Christmas tree. I had a lot of fun making them every year. At that time, I never thought I could make a business making things.
What other types of crafty stuff do you do?
I love learning! I am self taught and also know how to make candles, soaps, crochet and knit.
What does indie mean to you? You can give a literal definition, choose to be a little esoteric or a combination of both.
For me, indie is a lifestyle, a simpler and more enjoyable way to live, like visiting u-pick farms, supporting fellow crafters, re-purposing and recycling and enjoying quality time with friends and family.
What’s your favorite color?
I love blue.
Share 3 things that you are crushing on right now from other indie artists/crafters/designers.
1. Nadinoo clothes make me smile.
2. The cute little houses of Jessica Jane Handmade.
3. The vintage finds and lovely photography of Sadie Olive.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from vintage textiles, old lace, mother of pearl buttons and the lovely feedbacks I receive from customers and visitors of my shop.