January 27, 2010

This may just be MY year so far...

I know, I know. 2010 has just begun.

I've definitely had my share of the bad years in my life. Folks, I have tested the fates many a time in ways one maybe shouldn't. This year, however, feels like it's going to be an exciting and positive one.

First off, I have just confirmed a month long art exhibit during the month of March at a great gallery here called Gallery IS. I'm planning on doing some major screen printed art and showing some of my printed clothing designs. Title of the show: "Fashion Becomes Art : Screen Prints and Clothing by Valerie Turbak". The gears are definitely turning inside my brain and now it's just time to get cracking.

Secondly, I have partnered up with an awesome person and friend to do some touring over the summer to various events, shows and music festivals to "hawk our wares" as someone I know might say. This has been a dream of mine for a long time and I have finally found someone to go on this adventure with. I can't wait to collaborate, travel and meet new people this summer. In case you didn't know, I own a green 1975 VW campervan that will hit the road in style.

Until next time, happy creating to everyone!

January 24, 2010

More new stuff!

I am really overly obsessed with screen printing. It keeps me up at night. I'll keep this one short and sweet. Here are a few of my new prints!

January 22, 2010

One with the sewing machine.


First off, I'd like to send out a sweet thanks to Amanda at http://kabukikreations.blogspot.com/ for drawing my name for a free gift of hers. I am truly lucky! And I might have to steal her contest idea down the line...

As mentioned in my prior post, I have been sewing myself blind. I mean, WORKING HARD, printing, pattern making, cutting, sewing. My shoulders ache, but seeing the results on my models was so exciting! I'll have all kinds of new stuff on etsy over the next week or so. Lots of stuff that would be perfect for the dreaded V-Day. I even have a few anti-V-Day items for the cynics. I have trouble putting names to my peices and pricing them, so I'll be working on that today.
Have a great weekend!

January 19, 2010

Major sewing going on...

I'm so excited because I'm doing photoshoot number 3 this Thursday with my lovely girls. So I've been neglecting this blog and my shop because I've been sewing like crazy. Stay tuned for all of the things I've been getting up to though. Photos will be up by the end of the week! Finally, new inventory!

January 11, 2010

Cherry Bomb!

I'm working on this cute top today, and not to toot my own horn, but it is fantastic! It's sweet, sexy, and totally retro-inspired. I've had this fabric on my shelf for over 4 years now. I bought it in Montreal when I was a student and for some bizarre reason wouldn't touch it, like I was saving it for the best sewing I was ever going to acheive. How ridiculous! Today I made this pattern and snipped two shirts out of it (unfortunately the fabric is all gone now). I love this top. It reminds me of those shapely bathing suits from the 1950's. I really enjoyed making a new pattern too and think I'll use this design in other fabrics.
I can't wait to photograph it on a real person!

January 7, 2010


Yes, what an exciting title for this post. Why YAY!? Today I did my tenth sale on etsy. Double digits! Now that may not seem like a lot to some people who have dozens, hundreds or thousands of etsy sales, but for me that is an achievement. I have only been putting a good solid effort into my site over the past couple of months. I was quite lazy about it prior to that. So it's a good start to a fresh year and I have SO MANY new ideas in the works right now I can hardly even sleep at night! Here is a little taste of what I've been up to.
I've also been sketching lots of new stuff for more screen printing activity, so watch out for some new designs.
Good night!

January 6, 2010

How to make planning fun.

I've just ordered this fantastic agenda for 2010. I'm frantically checking my mailbox everyday because I'm dying to see it. Plus, I'm a slave to my own schedule and ordered it a week into January. I love that it's from Portland, which is one of my fave cities, features local artists on each page, and part of the sale goes to art in their public schools.
Every day is going to remind me to be creative!
They can be found HERE.

January 5, 2010

Making a move.

Today I'll be putting my clothing designs in a really neat store in Red Deer, Alberta called The Epic Runway, which is owned by two lovely ladies named Shawna Juba and Melissa Drummond. They have their store in a heritage building downtown called "The Bawthimer" that used to be a machine shop. It's got a lot of character, which I love! They were gracious to let me take alot of my photos in their building.

I also have my designs at another boutique called The Prairie Chick which is pretty new to Red Deer. It's in a basement, so don't be scared to find this little gem of a shop if you're in town.

It's hard to let my designs out of my sight after I've worked so hard to create them, but I have to take the plunge and re-introduce my clothing into the retail world. It's sometimes hard to sell clohting over the internet. I believe it's due to people not being able to try them on in a proper setting.

On that note, go check them out at the above mentioned store for a real life glimpse! Maybe you'll find something special you'll love.

January 4, 2010

New Year, New Blog

I've started this blog for to promote my line of clothing and to get involved in the blogging community.

I've been designing, sewing, and printing clothing and other items since 2003. I've worked with many talented people and embarked on many creative journeys over this time. I've always loved vintage clothing and finding new uses for old garments and materials. I started Lucky Lucy's Clothing in the fall of 2008.

I currently sell on Etsy under LuckyLucyStyle and also have a Facebook Fan Page under "Lucky Lucy's Clothing and Accessories".

I'm looking forward to sharing insights, inspirations and creative processes, and much more in this new blog!