My latest design, called Paisley Power Songbook, has received an excellent reaction from customers and clients around the world. More than 1600 professionals who work in the creative industries viewed or commented positively on my post about the design on Linkedin. Some new customers are buying every type of product I have made with the printed fabric. Since January I have launched the design as scarves, art posters, greeting cards, fabric samples and fabric by the yard.
I initially made a small batch of scarves and sold them all from my online shop PaisleyPowerShop at Etsy.com within a few days. I had to quickly order more chiffon so that my friend Zoe Marshall-Smith can make more. She is a sewing and dress-making tutor in Southend-on-Sea, my home town.
She has also sewn the new printed cushions (= pillow in US) for me. I decided to add black piping to the edges of the cushion to frame the printed fabric design. The artwork I created for this design especially suits having a black ‘frame’ around it.
I launched the cushions today and the first one sold within a couple of hours. Luckily I had arranged for Zoe to make some more, which she gave me this morning so I have a supply in stock. Here is another photo so you can appreciate the black piping around the edge of the cushion and also the purple cotton back.
One of the most popular products using the Paisley Prince Songbook design are the gift cards. They can also be used as greetings cards or notelets. The are blank inside so you can write any message to any person, whatever the occasion.
I enjoy making the gift cards by hand in my studio. Sometimes I don’t always stick the artwork and the credit information on perfectly straight but I hope this slight imperfection adds to the hand-made nature of the product. The customer can hopefully appreciate that the cards are made individually by a human and not mass-produced by a machine.
Probably the most important item is the fabric. A few days ago, the owner of a bar in Spain asked me about the possibility of buying 6 yards of my fabric for upholstery in his bar. He also invited me to visit his bar as a guest. Hopefully when he has refurnished the bar with my Paisley Prince Songbook fabric, I will visit to celebrate with him.
In January I created an online challenge for people to guess the names of the Prince-related songs and album titles in my design. There were entries from all over the world. Many of the entries were from people living in UK and US but some of the winners lived in Brazil, Belgium and Australia. All the winners were very excited when they found out they had won a prize. There are 20 songs and albums in the design, including: When Doves Cry, Purple Rain, Kiss, 7 and Sign O’ the Times.
Visit the Shops page on my website so that you can order the unique hand-made products or eye-catching fabric. Thank you!