hi everybody, i just joined. my name is jordana and i live in chicago. i'm not quite a lolita designer yet, but i'm considering starting a line tentatively named "enchanted forest". since most of the dress ideas i have are more personal than marketable, and my garment design/construction skills are not very advanced, i'll be starting with accessories (bags and hats mostly). i'm also interested in going to grad school for fiber arts/textile design, and i'm considering making a small lolita collection for my portfolio to hopefully get me into a fancy art school :)
most of the little bit of experience i've had so far is based on the (non-lolita) accessories company i've had for a few years with my best friend. for now we mainly sell at craft fairs and in a couple local shops since we both work full-time apart from it, but it has had some moderate success so far and we're happy keeping it small for now. we're called qylaar; our site is here
and our flickr
is here. i also used to work for a local fetish designer, so i had to help her with some of the non-design aspects of a small fashion business (marketing, sales, assisting at photoshoots and a fashion show). actually, writing that out makes me feel like i'm more experienced than i thought, hehe.