Thursday, November 22, 2012

Buy Handmade Sunday

As you know, Ioni's Creations will be running a holiday sale that begins November 23, 2012 (Black Friday), and extends to December 20th.  Most of our items will be 20% off.

But we are also a part of something bigger.  There is a Facebook group of artisans called The Handmade Collective that is running a one day sale and calling it Buy Handmade Sunday.

The Handmade Collective consists of artisans of all ilks: doll makers, knitters, crocheters, clothing designers, beauty product creators, etc.  And most of them are running sales for the holidays of 10% to 30%.

If you would like to take advantage of the works of The Handmade Collective, or get to know these artists for the first time, join the event.  It's also a good place to get the coupon codes you'll sometimes need to take advantage of the sale.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Introducing the "Meet The Handmade Collective" Lookbook!

Ok, so I know I promised more in the series of African print in mainstream fashion. I also know I probably have to hurry before it's over, lol. But so much has been going on, and one really, really good thing, is that this fabulous group of handmade designers I belong to, The Handmade Collective, produced the first edition of a lookbook of it's members and their work called "Meet The Handmade Collective". I'm in this book, as are so many of the men and women I've come to know in our Facebook group, and there's more to come. Here's a few screen shots to whet your appetite:
And as soon as things settle down a bit, I'll be back on the African print series. But first, the debut of this website and blog complete with a sale for Black Friday, and then our big fashion show in Brooklyn on December 3rd 2012. So without further adieu, please Meet The Handmade Collective...

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Stars of Africa

Yes, Africa is in the house. Ase o!

African fabrics and prints are what it’s all about, even in “mainstream” fashion. Beyonce does it. Kelis does it. Mya does it. Solange been doing it.

But so does Gwen Stefani, Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose. African print is ALL the rage.

Now star watching isn’t something I usually do a lot of. But wear African inspired prints and fashion, and you’ve got my attention.
By now, everybody knows about Solange’s transition to natural hair, as well as her taking the world of fashion by storm. And by now, most everybody even knows that she’s tired of talking about her hair and whether it is more than just a style, but a statement. So we expected to see a little African-style flavor on her. It’s the rest that are more surprising.
But it shouldn’t be. African print is the trend. So in. So now.

So if you know me, you know I gotta find out where all this is coming from. I know it’s happened before, most notably with the African Masai dress a few years ago. But what’s happening now?

I mean, are the African inspired fashions we’re seeing right now the work of African designers that are finally being recognized? Or is this mostly the work of “mainstream” (white) designers? Are the fabrics authentic African prints? Is any Black person seeing a nickel of it? And will it last? Will at least some of the African designers have even a token place at Fashion Week in the future because of all of this? Or is it just another trend?

Well all this is way too much to cover in one blog post, so hang in there with me while I do a little poking around.

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Until then, feel free to enjoy photos of some of the stars sighted in African inspired fashion.

‘Til next time…

Ta Ankh (Patricia Heath)

To be honest, I'm not sure who all these people are.  I know most of them.  Just not all of them.

My Website Journey or OMG…

…we got a website!

Boy, y’all just don’t know!

This blog is gonna be a great place for you to get to know us.

The experts say that a crafter should never really talk about themselves. They should just be like an empty glass, or a mirror that reflects only the customer.

I guess I don’t go for that. The people I love to shop with the most, are the ones who build their own space and fill it with their own energy and joy. I love it, and want to take a little piece home with me. I once heard someone say that what we are really selling is energy. I agree with that.

That’s what I love to do, create things that are unique and special and maybe give a little peek into the process.

We love what we do and feel blessed to have a way to share it.

Ta Ankh and Ioni

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