Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Stafiniak.
Hi Katie, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in 2009. I had been pursuing a painting degree and halfway through the program I fell in love with textiles. I spent the next 2 years focusing on dyeing, weaving, sewing, embroidery, and sculpture. After graduating I had a few gallery shows of my art and spent over 5 years in sewing manufacturing making everything from mascots to clothing to sensory and physical therapy equipment. My current work is maximalist fashion made to fit all bodies. I collect materials from garage sales and thrift shops. I love bright color and bold patterns. I am inspired by 1970’s fashion, the Spice Girls, and the Golden Girls wardrobes. I have been self-employed establishing my clothing brand, Ramshackle Wild, since 2019. My work can be seen online at ramshacklewild.big cartel.com and in-store at Ivy, 5571 Far Hills Ave, Dayton Ohio,
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
When I graduated with my BFA in fiber arts in 2009 textiles, weaving, and slow fashion were not as trendy as they are today. I struggled to find work, pay student loans, and pursue my art. I’ve worked many years in service and sales jobs feeling stifled and not utilizing my creativity. Finding an audience for my particular artistic style has also long been a challenge of mine. I still work hard to find and expand my fan base and am so thankful for some dedicated patrons of my art and clothing.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Ramshackle Wild is “sunshine inspired funky comfort”. I create colorful clothing and accessories for all bodies in every shape and size. I have a line of undergarments/lounge lingerie made from the softest stretch fabric. I have recently been gifted some quilt tops and make custom chore jackets & overalls. Each garment is meant to inspire happiness and be the item of clothing they reach for the most. My favorite expression from customers is hearing they wear the item all the time. I also want every package and garment to feel like it’s a gift and make the wearer feel super loved when they put it on.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
Love to Sew podcast with Caroline Somos and Helen Wilkinson is a massive encyclopedia of sewing knowledge. They have introduced me to so many people and brands. You are Here for Now, and Things Are What You Make Of Them by Adam J Kurtz is are really great reads to snap me out of a self-doubt funk.
- Email: Katiestafiniakllc@gmail.com
- Website: Ramshacklewild.bigcartel.com
- Instagram: Ramshackle_wild
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