Kara Lynn’s First Month!

Hi everyone!

I am so excited to share how it has been going during my first month of business! The Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, is an amazing studio space. I spend my days designing, producing and selling my products while being front and centre to see customer patterns and buying trends.

I also get to meet some beautiful creatures, like this guy.

Being able to talk to my customers and get to know them each individually, is a beautiful experience. Since the plantation is mainly a tourist destination in the summer, I have the privilige of meeting so many different and interesting people. They teach me about their homes, cultures, travels, and new ideas for my products. I wouldn’t give up this experiece for the world.

I am happy as a craftsperson that not only do I get to meet my customers, but that they meet me. They can see me at work, and ask questions; this way they are truely connected to the products they buy, and understand a bit more about where they come from. This is a wonderful thing they can share if gifting my work.

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The products at the front of my studio.

The other artisans here have made my first month above and beyond what it would have been without them. I am so happy to have met them all and learn about the different practices they follow. My studio sits next to Biscay Bay, run by Sarah Bishop, who crafts Canadian moose leather and canvas bags. I am so happy to have her next to me, she has made me feel welcome, and helps me whenever I am stuck, both with advice and good talks.

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One of Biscay Bay’s amazing products. Click here to learn more about Biscay Bay!

I have been moving my production towards soft toys, and I can not keep them on the shelf. This is a peek at my current Mini, Mr, and Grandpa Whale products. This coming week I’ll show you all the new sea creatures that will be joining the Kara Lynn Family.

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Mini Whale and Mr. Whale
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Grandpa Whale

 

Love / From      Kara Lynn

Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

I have officially opened my studio door at the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation. It has been four days since I received my keys, and installed my furniture; I finally have stocked shelves and items for sale. While I am ready to show St. John’s my craft, there is still a clothing rack to build and hooks to find so I can hang my tools, instead of stuffing them into overfull drawers.

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I wanted to give a quick preview of the type of heirloom children’s wear I am making in my studio, for anyone who hasn’t made it out yet, or is too far for a visit. I love working with the traditional materials and methods I use, because It reminds me of the homemade clothes my family always made me as a little girl. The nostalgic feeling is what I want to impart to parents who purchase my work.

Everyone at the Plantation is an emerging artisan practicing a craft. Each with their own individual studio, practice, and aesthetic. I am fortunate to be surrounded by such an amazing group, who focus on creativity and community. They have welcomed me with open arms and made this nerve wracking experience more than enjoyable. It was a terrifying decision to start my own studio one month after graduation, as I haven’t had a steady income in over two years, and there is no knowing if I will again. Thanks to my partner I can financially follow this path, and try my hand as a full time artisan, no matter how afraid I was to take this step. And thanks to the current Plantation artisans, for basically holding my hand while I settled in.

My love for traditional clothing blossomed during my time working at a fur trade reenactment park. Hand crafting historical clothing every day, as well as living and working in them, gave me an appreciation for handicraft and the process of creating. I hope everyone who sees my work can have their own nostalgic moment for the things from their childhoods that still bring a smile to their face.

 

xox Kara Lynn

Welcome to You, and to Me!

Hello and welcome! I am rebooting my little website and wanted to start with a little introduction and explanation of where I am right now. My name is Kara Lynn, and I have begun my own little company that is full of the work I have created through CNA’s (the College of the North Atlantic) Textiles: Craft and Apparel Design program, and more importantly the work I am creating currently. But more on that in a second! I have created and exhibited work that includes embroidery, dolls, felt pieces, paintings, linocuts, charcoal drawings, bridal, and children’s wear

For graduation this past month, the 8 graduating students held an art exhibit, and a fashion show. After months of planning, organizing, and creating I showcased an exhibit of monochrome floral fine art, and my debut bridal line. My exhibit and bridal were cohesive vintage inspired collection, and earned me an award for my overall exhibition. The days were filled with nerves but giving the opening speech at the fashion show and watching my line walk the runway was one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced.

This was a moment I’d dreamt of since I can remember, and it lived up to my imagination. There is so much gratitude in me for everyone who had kind remarks about my work. My goal in designing is to make people happy when they see and feel my work.

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Ink and charcoal series.
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Her Bride, cotton doll.
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Hand pieced floral caplet, and Annabelle bridal gown.

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Now it is finally summer here in St. John’s, and with it comes big news for my work! Graduation is barely behind me, and I still need to clean out my cubby at school though it’s hard to let go. I don’t know if I’m ready to be out on my own as a designer, But, when you leave one road, you turn onto another, and I am more than excited to announce that I will not be alone for this next step.

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Class of 2018: Trish, Megan, Flora, Victorine, Deborah, Me, Kat, Renee

I am moving into the Quidi Vidi Plantation on July 3rd and I can barely contain my excitement! I’ve been spending hours in front of my laptop ordering furniture, and looking for inspiration for my new children’s wear collection!

I was in love with the heirloom pinafore dresses I made for the Christmas Craft Fair assignment last Christmas, and so I am creating a whole collection that will include things like: baby bloomers, aprons, shorts, and dresses. I have my fingers crossed, and my but firmly planted in front of my sewing machine so that I will be ready with some product to show when I begin next week.

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I only hope that I can keep up with the amazing group of craftspeople at the Plantation. Every time I meet another one I fall more in love with the idea of working out of the space, and everything it represents. Newfoundland has such a rich craft culture, and the incubator program at the Quidi Vidi Plantation truely encompasses it. I am delighted to find myself among this talented group, to get to know them, and learn from them.

I am excited to see where this opportunity takes me, and am humbled to even have it. I keep sending silent thanks to everyone who made it possible whenever I take a break, and remember this is actually happening!

XOXO     Kara Lynn