Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Conscious Clothing. In Rose's words:
"Hand made, hand dyed clothing for women and children (sometimes men too). Specializing in hemp, organic cotton, organic wool and bamboo.
Definitely check out our children’s shop too!"
SouleMama: Tell us what you envision and dream for the future of your business.
Rose: I see the future of conscious clothing growing more and more and eventually building a studio space that can accommodate the machines, fabrics, processes and printing space and a small retail space. I want to maintain the home made feel and hand dyed unique feel while being able to reach out to a broader audience. I want most to maintain the ethical practices that Conscious Clothing was first founded on, but continue to grow. Its such a delicate balance to keep.
Rose: My favorite part of my job is creating new designs. Experimenting with different cuts and learning from what my customers want. I love coming up with something new and then photographing it with friends. My models are all women (and their babies :)) who I know and love and who keep me inspired to make the clothing that they love to wear!
SouleMama: What's the product that you are most excited about in your shop right now? Tell us about it.
Rose: My partner and I have been working on screen printing all summer. Its so much fun putting images on paper, then on screens, and finally on fabric. I love the idea of creating my own prints and actually making clothing from my images! Its been a long process of trial and error but I’m so convinced we can do whatever we put our energy into! So far we’ve experimented with images on tshirts, onsies, dresses, and scarves. We recently invested in larger screens (48”x58”) to print repeat patterns on continuous yardage. I think the possibilities of this kind of printing are endless and there aren’t a lot of people doing it on their own. The textile industry is dirty and so many of the dyes and inks are toxic. I’m so excited to be able to offer an alternative!
SouleMama: How does the balance of family and work play out for you? If applicable, how has motherhood affected the work you do?
Rose: This has always been the most difficult part of being a stay at home mom. My 3 kids- Luna 14, Tigerlily 11, and Ian 8, know that mom is always there! If I’m working in my studio, they feel free to come running in for me to mediate the latest battle. If I’m on the phone ordering, of course the little dears will start practicing clarinet! If a customer comes over to try on clothes, obviously the best time to get hurt or tell me how hungry or thirsty they are. Answering emails is a great time for asking me homework questions!
But at the end of the day or the end of the week, its always best that I’ve been there, and seen every bruise bug bite and heard every giggle and gossip.
SouleMama: How are your children incorporated into your business?
Rose: They love to cut out fabric and create things! Tigerlily is great at putting together the fabric scraps to make the flowers on the headbands. Luna is a top notch sales girl at shows and Ian has inspired all sort of monster doll imaginable. They all know how to sew and come up with some great ideas. They also are very supportive of me and think I’m good at what I do :). It’s a great experience for them to see their mom as a successful business owner!
For today's giveaway, Conscious Clothing is generously offering the following gift to TWO winners:
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To enter today's giveaway, please leave a comment (one entry per person, please) in today's post. I'll close comments by 8 am EST on Sunday, and announce the winners, chosen via Random Number Generator, shortly after. Comments closed! The winners are...
me or the baby, now there be a choice...
Posted by: nelly
Wow! The clothes are so beautiful! Thank you!
Posted by: Carolyn
Thank you, Conscious Clothing!