Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Repairs and Commissions and More, Oh My!

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Hi again, everyone!  It's been a month since I last posted, and there's a lot of exciting things happening that I'm happy to share with everyone.

First, a technical note: I've noticed that the background wallpaper of my blog has disappeared.  It's on my list of things to tackle this summer sometime.  The technical difficulties will be resolved, and I apologize in the meantime.

I've finished a repair on a beloved leather backpack for a client who said that no other repair place would touch it.  I'm always happy to bring cherished items back to life, from adding patches to resewing broken stitches to replacing buckles and straps... anything, really!  It's fun figuring it out!  Please don't hesitate to discuss any repair concerns with me - I'm glad to help.

I've got another commission half finished, for a custom fit smart phone belt case.  In progress photos are up on my Facebook page.  I'm just waiting on a design consultation to determine what kind of tooling to add to the front before I move forward with finishing that beauty!

I've also been seriously buckling down about working on items for the nerdy leatherworks Etsy shop I've been thinking about opening for years now.  On top of my other job, I'm working about 2 hours a day on those projects, and making good progress!  One can never know what will happen with mental health recovery, but if I keep things going, good things could be happening soon.  I'm really excited about it.  My latest item, a fur-lined leather hood, is starting to turn out, and it is gorgeous.  I can't wait until it's all finished and I can share it with everyone!

I'm on a Amy Cell's Talent Scout website now, looking for a job.  Here's the blurb of what I'm looking for:

High achieving graduate with MSE Biomedical Engineering and BS Chemical Engineering, awarded the National Science Foundation Fellowship and Girl Scout Gold Award.  Strong life sciences engineering research background, focused in tissue engineering, drug delivery, and molecular biology.  Strong organizational and problem-solving skills with outcome-oriented thinking. Additional experience as an artist, project organizer, and event planner. Basic programming skills include HTML, CSS, Matlab, Mathcad, and R.  Interested in part-time (preferred) or full-time clinical/pre-clinical research/trials, quality control, research, lab/project managing, lab work, and technical writing.

If anyone knows of any leads in this direction in or near Ann Arbor, I'd love to hear about them.

Speaking of work, I've been working for Happy Fuzzy Yarn for over a month now, and it's going great.  I'm hard at work as a Studio Assistant, helping with the creation of hand-dyed yarns, organizing the studio, and starting to aid Carol in some outreach and marketing work.  And don't worry - my employer knows that I'm looking for other opportunities for financial reasons.  I really enjoy working with Riin at Happy Fuzzy Yarn - she makes a high quality handmade product, and is a lovely person to work for.

With all of these great opportunities for growth continuing in my life (including prepping myself for taking over Regional Commander for fencing - think of it as I'm moving up from junior coach to head regional [LP Michigan] coach in a team sport), I'm going to continue to take a break from blogging for a while so I can focus directly on leatherworking, employment, and coaching.  I'll pop in occasionally with an update, I promise!

Nerd out, lovely people.  Talk to you in a while. :)  ~Kell

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