What Inspires

What Inspires

What inspires? To create? To keep moving forward? To pack my lunch? To move? To recreate? To be spontaneous? To be open to what is next? To change? 

These are amazing curious questions… No wonder I loved Curious George books when I was a kid (I still love Curious George books). Why? Because I found them adventurous, curious, and funny in the way that he got tangled up and untangled.

Each creation is inspired with the texture, fit, design, color, how it feels, how it flows, how it mixes with its other creations (just like people, just like the landscape). Each description is thought out by the elements that make up the garment (detail, detail, detail). Each color is named with thought, with laughter, and with the ah ha moments.

This all takes a team. A team that shows up, trusts, teaches, are teachable, respects, listens, and is willing to accept. It’s about the idea, the curiousness, and the implementing. It’s about asking and being willing to accept help. It’s about letting others feel their part. Teaching me, teaching you.

We work hard, we laugh, we cry some days. We play music somedays. Somedays we work in silence. We adjust to what the days offer and what we offer to the days to inspire, to create, to keep moving forward.

I say these words with gratitude-Please and Thank you.

P.S. We as a team, and I personally, have so appreciated our grateful giveaway this week! Everyone’s gratitude makes a difference in this world! Keep doing it! 

And turning 60 years old today is so AMAZING!!!! 

~Jodi Kosoy Schaff

Owner of Plume and Thread

 

Nurturing

Nurturing

Look around, and around. I remember thinking when Melissa (our daughter) was a toddler, you did not come with a handbook. She is 29 now and she has taught me so much, not just about motherhood but about letting go and watching it grow. Growing is not about more, more. It’s for me about learning, hanging on, BIG LOVE, listening, not knowing, and being in the experience. I am grateful for motherhood.

So this takes me to another passion in my world- Plume and thread. Being self-taught has connected so many experiences and humans through the fibers, the threads of this business. For example, the day I got the trademark notice.. “Cease and desist.” Ouch that was scary. But through the rebranding I got to meet Bobbi our TM attorney, cry like a baby in front of the team, and believe the quality, the design, and the resilience of the brand. I got to go deep inside the well of hope, knowledge, and strength of letting go of the outcome. I am so grateful.

Believe in yourself and know the “Thread” in plume and thread is the experiences people journey.

Happy Mother's Day!

~Jodi Kosoy Schaff

Owner of Plume and Thread

Color Inspiration

Color Inspiration

Getting inspired and designing is so thought provoking and visual. It starts with a vision and comes to life after so many processes. Colors are a huge part of designing. Where I get inspired by color is through elements. The landscape- just look outside at the blooming trees, the falling leaves, plants, herbs, birds, butterflies, vegetable gardens, and the sky. Also the sun, whether it’s rising or setting, the earth, the soil, the minerals, and on and on.

Then it begins, our process. It starts with the fabrics. Thank you to our knitter and thank you to our print house for creating our fabrics and placing color and design to them like a beat to the drum.  And our team here, we sit around and pull color to see how they play with one another. We all have visions. We all see color. It touches us and relates to design. And then there’s the magic of the garment dyer. Thank you to Bill and his team, as we trust he knows and feels our color sense. As you and I go through our days look around see the wonders of color.

~Jodi Kosoy Schaff

Owner of Plume and Thread

Paying it Forward

Paying it Forward

Such a mindful concept. So many forms, so much action, and so much return. I have been pondering this peace, letting it percolate. I find that giving is so fulfilling beyond words.

 

Here are some ways. Standing in the coffee line. Thinking of all the busyness and impatient thoughts, I allow the person in back of me to order and I pay for it. The human experience creates communication and conversation, a smile, a share.

 

At Plume and Thread we test all of our fabrics. We end up with an abundance of fabric swatches. Not wanting them to end up as landfill we have found a community to donate them to. We collaborate with the Village of Arts and Humanities. Donating to them, seeing our fabrics, and seeing the exhibit of how the community created art is and was eye candy, heart candy.

 

Recently I ran into a friend from years ago. We did craft shows together. An incredible artist and human. We have life in common. Daughters the same age. Reconnecting she said, “I asked for an angel and you appeared.  It’s magical.” My heart filled up with joy that I could make a difference in someone’s life. I had an offering and I can receive. A collaboration in ways beyond what we might know.

 

So I encourage myself to be aware of surrounding humans. Listening and viewing the humanness that we all offer one another. Share a smile. A yes! A hug! A mindful moment!

 

Sending all some love 

 

~Jodi Kosoy Schaff

Owner of Plume and Thread

When I think of moving forward travel comes to mind

When I think of moving forward travel comes to mind

I had so much fear as I, Jodi Kosoy Schaff, have the worst sense of direction. But in today’s time waze, navigation systems, and google maps are my BFF’s.

 I now love the road “rollin rollin” keep my wheels a rollin. My must haves are my music, pod casts, water, snacks, ray bans, my P+T smooshy pants and mineral black hoodie. Also with me is my magical mind that listens and sees so much beauty in our land.

Once I’m packed and have my schedule set I am ALIVE. Yes me, the fear-based traveler. I get to see our land. Exploring is amazing. As I travel for my work I get to explore towns, visit museums, eat different food, and stay with friends. I am curious. I guess I do the biz with pleasure thing.

 

I appreciate selling to brick and mortar stores as each one, each community, has its own personality. It is always a surprise, the connections in life, as I expose myself like an old Kodak roll of film to this world. I truly am grateful for this experience in my lifetime. To be able to have a sense that in each town there is a culture that I get to meet and it gets to meet me.

How do you travel? What brings your travel to life? What are your travel fears? I’m always curious.

 

I invite any store we sell to and who might want to see P+T to please come visit us in Philadelphia.

 

~Jodi Kosoy Schaff

Owner of Plume and Thread

 

“travel brings power and love back into life”  RUMI

 

*photo taken in Floyd, VA 

Workmanship or Workwomanship

Workmanship or Workwomanship

So much detail is put into a garment’s construction or “personality.”

I noticed in the crowd in our studio when I said, “Look at this top, our stripes match. See how they match?”

The room paused, payed attention, and got the aha moment WOW.

“We Care” means we do.

Our garments are made with detail. The hands that test each roll of fabric, make the patterns, cut the fabric, sew the pieces together, pull for the garment dyer, garment dye, and finish the pieces are all humans we have been working with for years.

Over the years being self-taught I appreciate detail. Chanel would use chain on the hems to weigh the hem down so the garment would have support.

Please look at detail, feel the detail, and wear the detail that others take the time to create.

Kinda like when you order your cappuccino and the barista makes the beautiful heart with the foam.

~ enjoy detail ~we enjoy making beautiful detail for you….

 

 

~Jodi Kosoy Schaff

Owner of Plume and Thread

 

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