The Weavers Guild
of Greater Cincinnati (WGGC)
Clothing, as one of the wearable arts, is unique because it only comes to life on
the human form. The wearer brings her own expression to complete my art. What
other items will she wear with it? How does she carry herself? My tag line,
"My art becomes you," was chosen for its double meaning. My business name,
"Ginya", is taken from my birth name of Virginia.
I began by sewing doll clothes, such as a civil war hoop skirt costume for one of my "Queen" dolls in fifth grade. My mother was a "get 'er done quick" sewer, so my picky sisters and I learned to make our own clothes at an early age.
I majored in fine arts at Indiana University and discovered a weaving class that led me to buy a four-harness Macomber loom and a Kenmore sewing machine after my first year of teaching. But I only lasted two more years teaching art.
After that, I held a series of jobs-welfare caseworker, photoengraver apprentice, nursing-home activities director-but artwork always managed to find its way into my job. I left a trail of brochures, posters, invitations and event trappings in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
In 1994, I got a vendor's license and started selling vests to friends at work. Then I started selling vests and purses at local art fairs. I retired early in 1999, so I could develop my fiber art--sewing, appliqué, embroidery and beading. I went to workshops, read books and learned by trial and error.
I collected ethnic fabrics during travels around the world and found vintage fabrics at antique markets, estate sales and friends' throw-away piles. I discovered that I liked to use fabrics with "experience" because they somehow have more character. When planning a project, I try to limit myself to fabrics and trims already in my inventory. This forces me to come up with creative uses for bits and pieces of fabric and results in a more interesting final product. It can never be repeated!
I learned a lot about selling from my husband, Dave, and now I enjoy the process rather than shrinking from it. I especially like working collaboratively with customers on designs for special occasions.
Thanks to the Weavers Guild for providing a venue for selling my creations. I appreciate the camaraderie and support of the members.