Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jessalin Beutler, I am an artist and surface designer. I hand paint, dye, and print clothing to create one of a kind pieces. I also design textiles using my paintings, drawings, and photographs to create unique scarves and accessories.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
This year I have been doing a series on Instagram and Twitter called “Art Every Day 2013”. Every day I must do some kind of mark making and post a photo documenting one image I created that day. I was inspired by Jaime Derringer, who started a series called “A Shape a Day”. I was changing direction in my work to focus more on fine art, and this gave me just the right dose of discipline and play. It has been a great project so far, and to be honest I will sad when the year is up. I’ve used a number of these short drawings and paintings as the basis of a growing collection of textile designs and scarves and it has really helped me to revisit past pieces that were sitting in my closet collecting dust.
How did you get started in your business?
After I graduated college in 2004 I had a lot of energy and determination to continue my education in art. Art school plans didn’t work so I decided to just keep at it and learn by doing. I made a lot of art and a lot of … experiments. When my job laid me off in 2006 I got the push I needed to start putting my creations out in the world and to try harder to make some money from my work. The first few years I tried to sell mostly paintings and cards. In 2008 I started to paint on t-shirts and interest really started to grow. I still love the immediacy of painting on t-shirts and clothing but I also love that I am able to incorporate my other work into textile design.
Is this a full-time business for you?
No, I have been working part time for an awesome Seattle company called Of the Earth since 2006. They taught me to make their beautiful seed embedded paper and also introduced me to hand dyeing silk ribbon. I do a lot of their manufacturing work and also help assemble wedding invitations and even a little graphics work!
Where do you see your business in 3 years?
I would love to see myself in the business of making clothing as well as painting on them. My partner is a pattern maker/designer with a small sewing and sample shop in our house! We have dreams of creating some awesome wearable pieces which would give my brand more diversity in styles and adaptability as trends change.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
Change is good.