What is the name of your business and where did it come from?
The name of my business is Pesky Cat Designs. When I first started sewing on a regular basis my kitty Anni (seen modelling above) would constantly pull on loose threads while I worked and would often be so bothersome that I would have to stop. When it came time to name my shop I could not think of anything more appropriate than Pesky Cat Designs.
Elisa - designer, maker and model.
What do you sell?
I create handmade bags inspired by nature. I use a variety of textiles ranging from corduroy to Harris Tweed wool. Many of the bags are adorned with appliqués that are designed by me, hand cut and machine sewn onto the bag. I purchase all my fabrics in small quantities to keep the work fresh and unique.
How did you start your craft business?
My business began shortly after I made a few bags for myself and got positive feedback from family and friends. At that point in my life I had painted for many years and was looking for a new creative outlet. You can view my works on paper at www.elisanadzieja.com
Is it your full-time occupation?
Since moving from New York City, Pesky Cat Designs is my full time occupation. One of the motivating factors for my recent move was to find a less expensive place to live so I could concentrate on my business full time.
Do you have any formal training?
I do not have any formal training in sewing but my mother was an incredible seamstress and I learned a lot from her. She would sew clothing for us and even for my dolls. I was the only kid in town that had Barbie dolls with one-of-a-kind dresses. My mother was also an amazing painter.
Would you share something interesting about you that isn't common knowledge?
Although I started out in art school, I have a Bachelors degree in Science. I worked for many years in the field of Microbiology. Instead of a microscope, I now spend many hours sitting in front of a sewing machine and could not be happier.
Thanks Elisa! It's amazing how many creative types have scientific backgrounds. We're glad you gave up the microscope.
All images are courtesy of Pesky Cat Designs.