Featured Artist: Desamour Designs

Hello hello! While we may occasionally have some blog posts about general craftiness, the main focus of this blog is to encourage people to patronize all of the wonderful BIPOC makers in the fiber arts community. You can read more about the background behind the project on our About page.

Today’s featured artist is Elisabeth Desamour, of Desamour Designs. Elisabeth is a crochet designer who makes super cute garments and accessories, and her new pattern, the Dragonfly Tee, will be out on June 5th!

Elisabeth, an African-American woman, is sitting and crocheting something light blue with a purple crochet hook. Her glasses are clear and she’s wearing a yellow and white raglan tee shirt.
Meet Elisabeth!

How did you first start designing? What is your favorite thing you’ve done so far?

I finally took the plunge into becoming a designer last summer, after realizing that I never fully followed a pattern. My first pattern design was the Summer Breezy Top, which can be found on both Ravelry and Etsy. I fall in love with every new pattern I design which makes it hard for me to choose a favorite.

The BMP is all about financially supporting makers. How can people support you?

The best way to support me as a maker is by purchasing my patterns. I can be found on my website, Ravelry and Etsy. I also have a Kofi where you can help me purchase supplies and support my website.
(Elisabeth also has a great Instagram account where she shares in-progress projects – you should follow her!)

Do you have a design philosophy? Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I find my inspiration from both seeing clothes on mannequins at the store, and on Pinterest. I often find clothes that I find beautiful, but wish they had a certain detail or didn’t have it. Sometimes it would be two articles of clothing that I merge into one in my head to make the perfect piece. I usually take a photo of the top and keep it on my phone until the perfect yarn comes along.

What’s your biggest challenge as a designer, either creatively or on the business side? Is there something that you haven’t done yet, but want to do?

I know it is cliché, but my biggest challenge as designer is finding the time to make all the beautiful ideas I imagine. I have been planning on submitting one of my patterns to be featured in a magazine. I have a feeling that this summer may be the right time. *fingers crossed*.

What’s on the horizon for you? Do you have any goals for this year or long term?

This year is my year of growth. I am focusing on growing my presence, pattern collection, and my business. I plan on releasing 12 new designs this year, with most of them being beginner and intermediate patterns.

You designed a yearly crochet planner – why did you decide to make that? Have you found it useful this year?

(Check out the planner that Elisabeth designed on her blog. It’s a free PDF that you can use too!)
In June 2018, I found out that I was going on my next deployment at the beginning of 2019. In the past, I put my crochet on hold while I was gone; but this time around, I felt as though I needed to have a plan that would keep my business on going without me being overwhelmed by life on deployment. It has helped me tremendously so far. It is not set in stone, since I have designed more than I planned, but it is a good reference point when I start feeling overwhelmed or unsure of which direction to go.

What advice would you give someone who wanted to become a designer?

Take the plunge! I may seem scary, because it is, but it is worth it. Join designer groups on Facebook and Ravelry. Contact designers that you admire and ask them for guidance. Most will gladly steer you in the right direction.

You can see all the pictures of people making Elisabeth’s patterns (and share your own) by using the hashtag #desamourdesigns on Instagram. Check back next week for a new post featuring an awesome maker. If you’d like to be featured, or know someone who should be, please let us know. You can follow us on Instagram @bipocmakers for updates.

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