I have returned to the local community college extension, part time. I'm taking a class in ancient art history, and a pen and ink drawing class, and I'll post artwork and anything interesting from the classes. I have already been planning for this, and spreading out the orders for the next couple months. Sadly, I underestimated the amount of work I would get done this month before classes started, so I'm a bit behind schedule and hoping to catch up by mid-October. Current turnaround for most new orders will be late October or November.
The plan is to continue with my college education, and return to university full-time next fall. This does NOT mean I will be closing up shop. I will just need to space out orders more, and will most likely scale back my Etsy shop next summer. Rush orders, when possible, will be more expensive.
I will also still be making time for tutorials, and in between everything else am planning to start teaching workshops sometime this fall. As soon as I have the details I will post about it here.New Corsets
I finished two new Renaissance stays which I've been working on for the past couple weeks. One is plain, and the other has a brown silk cover and leather edging. Both have a double-layer core of hemp/linen canvas, a change that I couldn't be more pleased about. The hemp/linen canvas is superior to the cotton duck canvas in every way, has almost no give, is strong and sturdy, and I expect it to wear like iron.
The chocolate dupioni silk stays are in partial trade for photos, so in the next couple months I should have photos of it being worn. In addition to the silk cover and leather edging, it also has a busk pocket, and I will be finishing the making busk in the next few days. On my pricing sheet I have the busk pocket and the busk listed separately, because if the owner can use the 14" wood busks available through most costume suppliers it will be a much cheaper option than having me make it by hand. The price of the busks is variable because I can carve or wood burn them with knotwork or other designs.
For more info on either corset, click the image to visit my web site.( Collapse )More Modeled Photos
To see all five new photos, click the photo below and visit my web site.