A few years in the making is finally coming together. My mom and I have been working as partners to re-open her shop flor y luna. It originally began to help her sell her handmade quilts online. But we quickly discovered its not as easy to sell such expensive pieces over the internet where you cannot touch and get a close look at the craftsmanship. My mom has been sewing nearly all of her life. Our shop combines her love of quality, natural textiles like linen and cotton, her expert sewing skills and my designs and photography. We are both deeply influenced by the desert and the natural landscapes of Southern California. I grew up going to the desert every spring to see the wildflowers in bloom and every summer to relax in the warm sun. The shop which will be opening in the next few months is a mixture of hand printed fabric bags, pouches, crop tops, fat quarters, tea towels and eventually a few quilts. It is a mixture of simple minimalist designs with elements of nature. This is a side that I dont usually get to express in my shops or in my vintage shop, so I am really excited!
My mom and I also share a love of gardening and plants. Growing up my parents and I would go to plant nurseries nearly every weekend. My favorite one was a bit of a drive out in the mountainous rural communities outside of the city. They gave out free apples that were kept cold in a box when you checked out. I would get to pick something to plant on occasion, and I to this day remain excited anytime I get to go to a nursery. The shop will include a lot of plant and flower based imagery which is expected given half the shop name is the spanish word flor which means flower.
I will be hand stamping all the fabric used in the lining, the tops and anything with a pattern. I had been carving all the stamps a year or more ago but with all the work I was doing in my own shops I didnt get the opportunity to really sit down and work on it until now. I am super excited to get to work with fabric again! My mom taught me how to sew when I was probably about 5 or 6. For the longest time I dreamed of becoming a fashion designer, and I sewed all the time until I was about 21 but as the years progressed I gravitated more towards jewelry making. I do still sew on occasion and all throughout high school I was the to go person to hem or tighten the legs of your jeans before they were cool. (haha). I can't wait to see what designs my mom decides to add to the shop and I will let you guys know as soon as we open for business!