I first learned to sew when I was 13. I then got a job at a fabric store. It was there I fell in love with fabric arts: with fabric, ribbon, lace, and textiles of all sorts. I had always been a creator and artist, and now I had found my medium.
Fast forward 10 years. I try Aikido for the first time and love it. Several years later, I am a black belt and teaching Aikido.
Fast forward another 10 years. I am still in love with the process of creating with cloth. I sew most of my clothing, plus clothes for my various family and friends. It’s time for a new challenge.
After a decade of training, my Aikido gi has several layers of patches over the knees, and the collar is horribly frayed. I don’t want to part with it, because it is broken in and so comfy. I decide to make a more durable gi, one that I won’t have to replace every 3 or 4 years. My training partners recognize the value of this gi, and ask to have one made. A cottage industry is born.