Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My new kokoleo woven labels have arrived!

Just in time to sew into all the new things I'm working on for the EtsyRain Handmade Spring Craft Show!

I designed it myself too and spent a ridiculous amount of time on those buttons and finding the right style text. I don't fancy myself a great graphic designer or illustrator (I prefer working in the 3-dimensional textural world) but I'm happy with how they came out. I threw the "one-of-a-kinds by KB VanHorn" line in there at the last minute and I'm glad I did. It's exciting to see my name woven into fabric.

(I know lots of people will want to know where I got them. Simply type "custom woven labels" in the "Supplies" section of Etsy and you'll see several options. There. I just saved you several hours that I spent combing the internet. You're welcome.)

In the last 10 years I estimate I've gone through about 8 versions of kokoleo labels (over 1000 labels in all) though I've made many more items that never got a label sewn onto it. That's a a lot of kokoleos! I wish I had saved at least one example of each. Most were different color combinations of this:

purchased from I can usually figure out the year I made an item based on the color of the label. When I ran out of those, I sometimes made my own with the computer and printable fabric, or stitched out "kokoleo" on my computerized Janome.

I did manage to save my very first label though. It's pinned on my corkboard-o-craft nostalgia.

I ordered them off ebay way back in 2002. It's poorly printed and plain, but now that I look at it again, it's kinda similar to my new version. I had forgotten about this when I designed it but it must have been in my subconscious. My 2002 self would have been happy to know that after 10 years, kokoleo would still be cranking out the one-of-a-kinds, and with better labels too.


Heidi said...

New label is darn cute!

Since I am a graphic designer, I will say...

You did a really good job!!!

Unknown said...

Aw thanks! That means a lot coming from one of my favorite graphic designers!

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