Thursday, February 24, 2011

Design a Day - Day 9 (Amelia)


"The only people for me are the mad ones,
the ones who are mad to live,
mad to talk, mad to be saved,
desirous of everything at the same time,
the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing,
but burn, burn,burn,
like fabulous
yellow roman candles exploding across the sky..."
-Jack Kerouac

Perhaps you may not know that the name Joyfolie was born out of the French word, "folie" for madness/frenzy. I didn't realize how apropos this name would be! Children {especially toddlers!} are a joyful madness in their own right. But even the creative passion that fuels Joyfolie is the same... a crazy type of joy. The problem with passion is that it is, by definition, excessive--and excess can be hard to live with. It all needs to be tempered by faith and family, but that isn't always easy. Creativity and beauty... can be like a drug. This morning I woke up with images of boots and patterned fabric flashing across my mind like images on a projector screen. And I felt a little crazy and frustrated... because I don't have a means to produce my own fabric. And I don't like having good ideas that I can't create... at least, not in the immediate.

On to today's design, it is inspired by the hope of spring, just like these flowers...

Similarly, today's shoes have a cluster of vibrant colors on a backdrop of textured canary yellow.

They are called Amelia. I had an Amelia shoe before that was very similar, but I brought it back with a cuffed peep toe bootie, like the Sabre. This style of shoe looks so cute on! They are perfect paired with leggings and short dresses. I was going to take a photo of them on Mia, but grey clouds rolled in.

These shoes were also inspired by the lovely yellow light in the photo on the left {how I wear my hair most days!} and these happy little tags.

Here is one more photo of the Amelia. I'm so sorry, but I am not selling these today. I accidentally damaged one of them, and I didn't have time to remake them before an afternoon appointment. However, keep in mind that the very best designs will be manufactured. For more about the Design a Day concept and when we will have launch or shoe inventory, click here.

One last thought, check out this adorable DIY button project! How perfect for personalizing your child's room, or for a lovely and affordable handmade shower gift!


Kelly De Luca said...

These are adorable. I love the cuff styled shoe/booties.

Meredith B said...

Love the fabric for these!! And the whole shoe too :)

Jessica Haley said...

I'm glad to hear you say that, Meredith. I was actually think that a heavily textured linen might be a little better... less complex.

Desinger Beth Strong said...
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Beth Strong said...

Have you checked out Create your own fabric designs to your hearts content or shop the designs of others!!! I would die to see what you can do with it!
♥ your work, can't wait to buy them!!!

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

These are simply gorgeous, my favorite version you have done in the cuffed peep-toed style, definitely my favorite you have done so far with d-a-d and I think the fabric is perfect! I also love that you did the chloe flower, that has always been one of my favorite older styles that you have done. I'm really hoping you'll manufacturer these!

Jessica said...

Beth, what a great find! I have not heard of spoon flower, thanks so much for sharing! ♥

Mrs. Life, so funny--it's always diff which one people say is their favorite! I think these shoes can actually be worn quite a lot b/c of the trio of flowers :)

Mrs Soup said...

These are so beautiful!! I adore the colors and it all flows together so well! Another one of my favorites!!

Yoli said...

That is one of my favorite quotes. The shoes are lovely. I hope to have a pair one day.

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