At The Oprah Winfrey Show–I was definitely at a high level of what I was doing–but I would come home and be like, I just need to make a roast. And think about making it and learn about it. It’s a different feeling than just wanting a hobby...My whole world was always about cooking.
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As an artist the balance always seems to be a challenge. [My job is] very demanding for 9 months out of the year, although very rewarding. It takes a different part of my brain to do that job than being an artist does. And that's the key for me–not to use the same part of my brain for my day job that I do for my art. Any time I've been in an artistic field I use to try to make money, I can't go home and make art. It's too overwhelming.
...the heavy lifting and the challenges of the job site are empowering. You leave work feeling like a stronger version of yourself. Also, I love wearing work clothes, [they give you] freedom from fashion or expectation. The makeup gets to stay at home and on a job site you get to be a very strong version of yourself. I wanted to share that experience [with women] in Chicago.
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In the beginning there was the word. And for The Willary that word was pants.
Fine, I admit it. I got seduced. She was good-looking, seemed just right for me and, I’m embarrassed to admit, cheap.
Loads to catch up on, but I want to get back in the swing of things by telling you how our dress performed on my trip to the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Utah last week. Basically it killed. Here’s why:
The Willary isn't just pants! We'll also launch with a dress and two (maybe three!) shirts. I know I say this a lot (or at least I feel like I do) but we're getting SO close with the pants. So close in fact that I felt like it was time to refocus on our shirts. Armed with more know-how and some key lessons learned I'm hoping for a speedy shirt development process that will hopefully finish up just as our pants are (FINALLY) done and ready for some testing!
Then I realized something awesome. We have an audience. We have a core audience of Makers who believe in and are excited about what we're doing. Why not determine if we should make some early-in-the-game tweaks to our designs based on their feedback?