I am joining in with Lindsay Rhodes (LR Stitched), who has launched a campaign for May, called May is for Makers. In the campaign, Lindsay has pledged to buy a pattern from an independent designer each week in May to show her support for those who are inspiring, creating and offering the bountiful creativity that is a part of our quilting/sewing community.
Our world has become a place of expectations, where the expectations for creative content are free. But creatives and artists cannot sustain their business and support themselves if there is continually no compensation. Can we skip lunch at Panera once a month and purchase a pattern from our favorite designer instead? It seems silly how we often we balk at patterns prices (myself included), yet are ready to shell out the same amount for a fancy coffee.
Many indie designers are often a one man/woman show. So the product you purchase from them not only has their creative heart and soul poured into it, but also the blood, sweat and tears it takes to wear all the hats of a business. They are the person who packs it up and mails it off to you with every hope you'll enjoy the making as much as they do.
We are a FANTASTIC creative industry. Let's reinvest in it . Every pattern purchase helps support an individual. Individual! NOT a big box chain. And individuals are those who keep the beautiful inspiring ideas coming.
Please consider joining in and buying a pattern from someone's blog you love and check each day, or someone who taught you a new skill, or a tutorial you used to say thank you for all their hard work.
Here's the first pattern I purchased: Jeni Baker's Lined Drawstring Bag. I have been taking adult beginner ballet since January 1st. Every week, I jam my ballet slippers into my purse for lack of a better place to put them. I've been wanting to make one of Jeni's drawstring bags for a while now, but this May is for Makers campaign gave me the little push that I needed to get a move on!
I love to order the actual paper pattern when I can, so I'll be stalking my mailbox over the next few days waiting for this pattern to arrive. I hope to show you a new bag soon!