Meet Joy McCalvin of Waterford, the creative talent behind Joyful Creations, darling handmade handbags and accessories. Joy has been sewing for as long as she can remember. She developed her love for sewing from her mom by watching her make clothes for Joy when a young child, and can remember using her mom’s sewing machine to make Barbie Doll Clothes. Even though she wanted to go to Design School, it never happened, so she is basically self-taught. Within the last year her work has taken on a new journey of incorporating Cork Fabric from Portugal in the making of cork bags and accessories. Some stats about cork:
• Waterproof: The natural qualities of cork repel moisture. Cork, unlike leather, will not mold or mildew in humid climates.
• Ecological: The cork oak tree has the ability to regenerate its bark every 9 years. This allows for the removal of the bark (the cork) without causing any damage to the tree itself. Making cork fabric a fully sustainable product.
• SUSTAINABLE: Its chemical and physical structure allow for amazing wear resistance.
I did hesitate at first just because I have done something like this before, but it was with Antiques and Crafts. But when I came to visit Yellow Door Art Market it was a totally different kind of atmosphere there are so many talented Artists at Yellow Door, I just had a big smile on my face while walking through and looking at all the Michigan and Detroit made Art and all I could think was THIS IS AN AWESOME STORE!How long have you been creating your art work?
I have been sewing since I was young child. I used to sew on my mom’s Kenmore sewing machine making doll clothes, and my love for sewing just blossomed from making clothing & quilts to bags.
Do you have any notable awards or accomplishments?
I was recently approached about selling my Men’s Dopp Toiletry Bag wholesale to the Detroit Grooming Co. in Ferndale which I think is a huge step in growing my business.What makes your art work unique or distinctive?
One unique thing is that I‘m using Cork Leather in most of my bags and accessories!
What do you most love about the creative process?
You can find all kinds of Joy's lovely handbags and accessories at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more interesting info about Joy all week!
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