Brand new to the Bison this spring is Jocelyn Badley of Infant Industrial Complex. As you might expect from her brand name, she approaches kids wear (something we’re always pumped to see at the Bison) with a good dose of humour. Here’s what she has to say about her work:
“I make nerdy, handmade baby and kids’ toys, plus whatever other odds and ends I can think up with my sewing machine. My philosophy of baby stuff is: Cute/practical/not soaked in pee: You can pick any two.”
What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?
The first baby toy I made for my son (before he was born) was literally just an exact rip-off of a yeti toy I saw on Etsy. I was about to put it in my cart, but then I thought “Wait… I know how to SEW!” It’s like being a wizard.
What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?
For me it’s finding the time and energy to get stuff done in my spare time when my brain is sort of suggesting to me I should be watching TV instead. I also have trouble finishing what I start before moving on to the next exciting project -- which is why I sell such an eclectic collection of oddities.
How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?
I find the creativity and problem-solving of inventing something and then making it from scratch so rewarding. I’m always chasing that feeling! It gets me off the couch.
Describe your current creative process in 3 words.
From exhaustion, glory. (Someone please translate that into Latin for me.)
\ \ BONUS QUESTION / / /
If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?
Age? Approximately 12
Any distinct personality trait of theirs? Is farting a personality trait?