Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Welcome to our new blog! Blogs are sort of new to me but Tabitha, our young "social media savvy" operations director, suggested we do one for Martha Pullen Company. Actually I think she knew that sometimes I am frustrated that my personal letter can't be longer in the newsletter! You who know me know I love to really explain things. Sometimes the newsletter would be 15 pages long. Guess what? A newsletter that long was getting bounced back a lot. SOOOOO we have a blog! I think I can talk as long as I want to on it.

I love what I do. I think if one loves one's job one never has to go to work again. God opened those doors for me. I get just as excited about a new dress or suit or embroidery design or antique dress today as I did over 30 years ago when I first started this business. I love new techniques or old ones.

Right now I am thrilled about our thirtieth anniversary party at the School of Art Fashion. Do you want to know how this school got its name? I was trying to name this 'new school' that we were dreaming up. Wow, no ideas that were really good grabbed me. I called a friend in Chicago who had an industry trade publication and told her about wanting to advertise this "new" school with her. She said, "What is the name of the school?" I said "I don't know. Do you have any suggestions?" She thought about it and said, "Martha I think about what you do as art fashion. Your clothes are not  just sewing but are art sewing." I quickly said, "That is the name and that is exactly what we do. Art." So it became Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion while I was on the phone talking to Chicago.

Today, even more than 30 years ago I feel the things you create are as valuable as Rembrandt paintings. Actually for your family over the next 100 years I think they will be more valuable. These clothes are a way to connect your love of family with generations to come. The "world" might value a Rembrandt painting more highly, but I assure you I don't. These clothes are national treasures.  You can continue to say "I love you" to your family for generations to come. Be sure you "sign" your treasures with a label or on the petticoat. Then your family will know the name and other information about you and the recipient of the original gift. Welcome to the blog. This is going to be so much fun. THANKS TABITHA FOR SUGGESTING THIS AND TABITHA, STACIE AND SHANNON FOR SETTING IT UP!!