Studio Visit with a California Sewing Artisan by

Issue 69 · Clean Sweep · April 26, 2013

Studio Visit with a California Sewing Artisan

Issue 69 · Clean Sweep · April 26, 2013

Not long ago, we featured California doll maker Jess Brown's Petaluma house; now we take a look at her sunlit studio. When her children were younger, Jess worked next to her kid's giant art table. As she says, "It was up against the wall in a teensy corner with a small shelf behind me to hold supplies. Crazy! " Her solution? Set up a studio on an unused sun porch.

Photography by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista.

  Jess Brown studio Petaluma

Above: Jess works on a long table with sheer curtains (suspended from a branch) to cut the sunlight.

Jess Brown Home Studio

Above: Jess uses straw market bags for storing fabrics for her Rag Dolls. She sources the fabrics at the Alameda flea, local estate sales, antique fairs, and thrift shops. The French Market Bags are available online and at her shop for $62.

Jess Brown clothing

Above: A mix of clothing including vintage pieces that Jess uses as inspiration for her own line.

jess brown workshop

Above: A Biscayne Wire Chair with a sheepskin throw.

Jess brown workshop sewing thread

Above: A collection of threads.

  Notebook with scissors

Above: Jess has an enviable collection of scissors, including some vintage finds.

Jess Brown rag dolls

Above: A pair Jess Brown Rag Dolls.

Jess Brown Studio

Above: Jess sourced the grass floor covering at Cost Plus.

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