This year at Handmade Hamilton, I will be introducing my Men's Winter Collection. I have put together a selection of Men's Accessories including Ties, Bow Ties, Pocket Squares, Cufflinks, Tie Tacks, Lapel Pins, and Rings.
For the past 15 years I have been working closely with Brides and Grooms designing and making custom wedding and engagement rings, cufflinks, and bridal jewellery. For the past 30 years I have been designing and sewing clothing for myself. Two years ago, I made my first tie for a friend. Another friend saw it and wanted one, then another. Twenty ties later, I decided to start being more deliberate about my fabric shopping. I shop for fabric with my hands. As I pass by the various patterns, I am also touching each one, and feeling the weight. The Winter Collection fabrics were selected based strictly on a 'hey, that's cool' basis.
Since moving back to Hamilton two years ago, I have been amazed by the Craft/Art community here. Everything and everyone is so interconnected. It feels like home. I have always belonged to a communal studio, and work amongst other makers. Collaboration and sharing has been a huge part of my business.
For the first time in my life I have been working solo, and it can be quiet. My daily work is fuelled by podcasts - I'm subscribed to over 30. Personal story and first person reporting podcasts like Radiolab are my favourite, but this year I have spent a lot of time trying to listen to a variety of voices to understand more about the political world around me. The stand out podcast of my year however was My Dad Wrote A Porno. There were several times I nearly burned down my studio from laughing too hard. Need a good laugh these days and haven't heard it? Download both seasons now. It will get you through the holidays.