This week we’re delighted to introduce local maker Charles Josef of Charles Josef Bridal, a full-service atelier offering bridal and evening collections, alterations, and custom bridal design services out of Asheville, North Carolina. Charles’ exquisite creations have been shown locally at The Fashion Excursion, a charity fashion show in Charlotte, North Carolina as well as at New York Fashion Week twice a year. It was such a joy to learn about Charles’ inspiration, artistic background and life passions—we know you’re going to enjoy his interview just as much!
My day starts with …
“Wrangling my two dogs into the car and maybe a quick stop at the local coffee shop for a chai latte. Then it’s straight to the studio to work and prepare for appointments with private clients and filling orders. I usually take a look at the work day the night before so I always wake up with a sense of what needs to be done and I get right to it. Breakfast for me and the dogs is prepared and consumed at the studio, as are most meals, and I usually work until 11 a.m. which is when I receive my first appointment. The rest of most days is just a mixed bag of creative endeavors.”
We are just days away from opening our first round of voting for this year's Fabric8 Contest, the annual search for emerging fabric designers that will give one winning contestant a shot at designing a new collection for Moda Fabrics! Today, we're catching up with Lamai McCartan, the oh so talented designer who won last year's competition and landed the opportunity to release her first collection, Night Sky, with Robert Kaufman Fabrics!
Last year, we were delighted to get to know a bit more about designer Lamai McCarten (Lamai on Spoonflower!) in her Finalist Profile, and we are so excited to catch up and learn about her experience of winning the Fabric8 Contest and working with Robert Kaufman to designer her very first collection. Read on for Lamai's take on preparing for the contest and where she sees her designer career going after her win.
This month, we've focused on bringing together resources for anyone embarking on a creative venture. No matter where you are in your creative journey, staying inspired is key. Keeping track of the images, colors, and articles that inspire you is an art unto itself, so we've rounded up some tips and DIYs for keeping your inspiration boards, well, inspirational!