Friday, October 1, 2010

Craft Riot Vendor: Swish Productions

Allison Virgadamo
Swish Productions
Swish Facebook Fan Page

Give a brief product description.
I sell boutique style accessories for women and children. I like the idea of making original and fun accessories for everyone. I make everything from bridal headpieces and clutches to baby burp clothes and tutus for girls of all ages. Your never too old to rock a tutu!!!!

How did you get started?
My company started after helping many friends and family members design and plan the perfect parties for their little girls. I love planning themed parties and feel that with every good theme, there is a matching tutu. After making many tutus, my creative juices kept flowing, and I expanded into making lots more things. I wanted to reach a larger market, so I started making bridal clutches for trendy brides and bridesmaids as well as accessories for babies. I still get new ideas every day!!!!

The word swish is a slang word meaning stylishly elegant and fashionable. Hopefully after visiting my site, you will feel the same way about my products and parties!!!!

Where do you get your inspiration?
Etsy is an awesome place to get inspiration. Looking at everyone's pages and shops just gets you inspired to craft. I also do a lot of custom work, so my customers inspire me a lot. Just sitting and listening to them talk about the things they like and don't like opens your mind to other people's styles. Life itself is great inspiration for creating. You can get a lot of ideas for a cute tutu or handbag from your favorite television show, a new fashion trend or just the world around you.
Describe your workspace/workroom.
My workroom is actually really cool. It's the smallest room in my house, but is surprisingly organized. I was a big fan of ""Domino"" magazine when it was still in publication and I used it for a lot of ideas for that room. I read an article in there once about a girl that basically wallpapered one of her walls with magazine and newspaper clippings of things that inspire her in her life. I thought it was such a cool idea, that I just had to do it. Now the back wall of my sewing room is covered with things in my life that I find inspiring or just plain cool. It's really awesome to look at while you are making new things are trying to get ideas.

What has been your favorite winter holiday gift to make or receive?
I love when people make Christmas decorations like ornaments for me. I am not a matchy matchy kind of person when it comes to decorations, so I think it's nice to have a little piece of all my friends on my Christmas tree.

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