Featured Handmade Artist- Toastory

Hello!! Welcome to another edition of Featured Handmade Artist! This week, I am pleased to introduce you to Judy from Toastory! She's a relatively new seller to Etsy and she's got some really unique pieces. I love the Cubism Printed Chiffon Scarf. (For those of you who know me, this does not come as a surprise!) Her scarves are beautiful and her bow necklaces are fun and unique. Here is a small sample of her lovely pieces:

Featured Handmade Artist- Toastory

Hi Judy! Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am Judy. I live in San Francisco, California. I am a fashion design student and studying in Academy of Art University, and I am now entering the last year of school. I am passionate about sewing because I believe there are many possibilities with playing with different textures of fabrics.

How long have you been creating?

Ever since I was a little kid, I've loved drawing, painting, and crafting. I loved creating things for my family and me. I always adjusted some designs with my whimsical thoughts. With all my creations, I started with hand-stitching. I remember the first bag I made was a small little jeans handbag with a little patchwork. Soon thereafter, I learned the most practical skills which was sewing. I tried to make decorations, bags, accessories, anything that can be created by a sewing machine. After I entered my fashion design life, I bought a Juki Industrial sewing machine for my home, and I just can’t stop sewing and creating new things.

What is your inspiration for your pieces?

My inspiration comes from everywhere of my life, such as visual objects and garment components. I love deconstructed pieces, and apply them to accessories to try to make them wearable.

What would be your dream job?

I have dreamed of being a small business owner since I was small because I can do and sell things that I like and am interested in. And now, I am still striving for this dream to come true.

Please describe a little bit of your creative process.

When I get inspired, I will draw it and record it in my sketchbook. Then I will start thinking of the construction of the accessory. What materials do I have to make? What finishing do I have to do? Then, I start making the pattern and make a sample by toile. If I am satisfied with the outcome, then I start sourcing the materials.

Thank you Judy!!!

I hope that you'll check out the beautiful scarves and unique jewelry in her shop!!! You won't be disappointed!!!

Do you know of any fabulous handmade artists that I should feature (maybe you)? Please do not hesitate to drop me a line and let me know!!! You can email me at aprilbern (at) gmail dot com.