Suzanne Luby Ahrens
Tell us about your business.My first show was this past March at Paradise City Arts Festival. I decided to sell my work as art after one of my teachers at RISD suggested I do. I always begin by photographing flowers from there I surround myself with that beauty and draw by hand designs inspired by flowers but are not literal interpretations. I bring my designs into the computer and alter them creating repeats for fabric. I feel strongly about involving women in my community to help me with my business as well as my family. I see my business expanding to offering fabric by the yard but also supplying pillows and upholstered items and art to interior designers. I want to be accessible to people. I love selling my work at the outdoor markets in Boston and am working to develop a client base. I hope to employ other mothers and elderly women to sew for me.
What makes your business stand out?My outlook on the world stems from an interest in allowing people to see subtle things. Slight colors, textures, overlap. I have a lot of reasons to be happy, I love what I do, that optimism I think shows in my work. I want to make product that makes people smile. I have many little girls gravitate toward my booth at shows - I am thrilled because of this. And yet adults are attracted to my product as well. I work in a few different mediums with the intention of having my wall art compliment my fabric pieces. My watercolors are a free expression of pure happiness when I have a brush in hand. My photography incorporates my surface designs and the beauty of some of my Mother’s antique glass. My fabric is an expression of my love of pattern. Verde Cosi means “it’s green” in Italian or “green, like this”. Green, to me, is nature and my work is evolved from flowers and gardens. Verde Cosi is also in honor of Italian culture - something I experienced while living in Florence as a student.
What's the best business advice you've received?Never give up.
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