ISSUE 69  |  Clean Sweep

Studio Visit with a California Sewing Artisan

April 26, 2013 1:30 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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.

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

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.

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

Above: A Biscayne Wire Chair with a sheepskin throw.

Above: A collection of threads.

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

Above: A pair Jess Brown Rag Dolls.

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

See more at the Accidental Doll Maker.

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