As of yesterday, Fashion-Incubator is four years old. Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday dear uh-us, happy birthday to us.
Oh, if you ever want to make your own custom cake, you can do that here.
Way back when, this site started on blogger and it was called The Designer’s Network Newsletter (DNN) after a newsletter I used to publish from 1995-1997. At the time I was publishing the hard copy newsletter, I also ran a listserv for an organization I started called NADEIM (National Association of Designer Entrepreneurs and Independent Manufacturers). The organization was actually called NADE (National Assoc of Designer Enrepreneurs) before that but either way, both were lame names. Besides, we went international very quickly so the names were embarrassingly provincial. NADEIM was fun. We used to host three day long manufacturing seminars (Boot Camp). The military analogy was pure camp. In advance of each session, I’d order custom dog-tags for each attendee as a souvenir. The workshops were held at a plant belonging to a friend of mine in Missouri. We’d convene there for three intensive days of pattern seminars, designing, cutting and sewing. There was homework every night. It was the first opportunity that many had to work in an actual production environment. We may do these seminars again someday but I’m lacking a host location. I have a potential factory in Wisconsin but I haven’t pursued the offer yet.
Anyway, I published the newsletter for two years then I combined that into a book (1997). In 2000, some awful things happened to me that shouldn’t happen to anyone so I fell off the internet for almost four years. Yep, those were trying times. I didn’t answer my phone, open my mail (still have a problem with that) or access the internet accept for filling wholesale orders between 2000-2003. I spent that time in solitary intense study and experimentation trying to discover what it is that I know. In 2004, I came out of my prolonged state of grief to stumble around to see what had changed with the world while I’d been away wallowing in self pity. Actually, I started blogging in July of 2004 but I don’t claim those entries since I deleted them. I was too negative still. Some would argue I still am. ~sigh~ I can only be myself.
The short version is, I guess Fashion-Incubator has become yet another phase of my publishing career. We still have many of our original visitors. Heck, we have members who were original subscribers to the newsletter, people like Angela R, Mary L, Darla R and Marsha P. I know I missed a lot of names, no slight is intended. Here’s to another great year on Fashion-Incubator. How many years have you been here?