LosanaB is me, Sharron, and my helpers*.
Although the helpers often hinder more than help they also provide inspiration, motivation and a certain level of desperation that keeps me going. They are also very cheap expecting only love and chocolate in return for their help.
I make stuff, mainly from fabric that is recycled, up-cycled, rescued or re-purposed – what ever words you want to use. Give me a sewing machine and a pile of fabric and I can turn that pile into something wonderful, something useful, something worthy of love again. Fabric talks to me, it tells me what it wants to be and I listen to it and make it’s dreams come true. I never did claim to be sane did I?
Mainly I make bags at the moment because I love bags! I love designing them, love the engineering challenges of working out how to get the end result I want, and I love using bags but I couldn’t possibly use every bag I could make so I sell them to people who can use them.
Just about everything I make is a unique, one of a kind, total one-off creation. Even my stock designs, patterns I’ve drafted that can be repeated, become unique finished items because each one is made with different details and fabrics which can’t often be repeated due to the way I buy them as remnants and left overs, old stock and textiles unsuitable to use in their original form, even as clothing that’s now unwearable so ready to be recycled. If you like any of my items and want to know more than it’s description tells you about the past life of it’s fabrics then ask, I often do know more than I can fit into the description box and if I know I’ll happily tell you!
Wastage is a big thing for me – I hate it! I endeavour to create as little waste as possible saving even the smallest scraps of fabric as well as every last button, bead and fastening that comes off of the things I recycle and use them again in something else. Even the tiny strips created when I have to cut off an old seam can be reused to stuff a doorstop or ornament!
I also love to write and am very proud of my status as ‘published in national print magazines’ writer. Okay so it was restaurant reviews (hey, I got paid to eat and write about it – who wouldn’t love that job?) mainly and the odd short story but still, that makes me a published writer. One day I’ll finish one of the half dozen novels under the bed and be brave enough to show it to someone. Until then when I get the urge to write I write things for the blog. So, keep an eye on here, follow me on facebook, instagram or twitter and whichever other social media I eventually work out how/find time to use and let’s be friends.