Its a question I have been pondering for the last few months.
Looking back to 1992 which was pre-internet my waistcoats were sold direct from my public studio at Cockington Court, in upmarket art galleries, shops or by attending large craft events. In those days my garments sold for £35.00 - £70.00 each. I would be disappointed if I did not sell two/three garments a week, and it became a reliable income.
Moving on to the mid 1990's, circumstances changed and I began working from my studio at home. I missed the company of other craftspeople and public feedback, but the advantages outweighed. I could develop new ideas in peace and work flexible hours. I continued to sell at shows/events and at Brigid Foley's lovely shop in Tavistock. Garments were selling from £75.00 to £150.00 each, at looking back at my records I did well. Getting out to shows I was able to communicate directly with people and sell. The quality of my work could be seen and appreciated.
|This was the first photograph I put online|
back in 1998.
|Waistcoat ref: 04 for sale|
I remember the internet before google, before big names had websites. Unfortunately my tech intelligence will never catch up and I cannot compete with the speed and sophistication of these wonderful websites selling beautiful clothing and reaching people.
This brings me back to the title of this post: Are decorative waistcoats in fashion or not. The answer is probably yes. Unfortunately technology has surpassed me and I am lost in the depths of the internet revolution. Its time to rethink.
|Waistcoat ref: 137 for sale|