The First Fruits Story
In First Fruits I combine my passion for the textile arts and love of fashion with a lifelong appreciation for Asian culture and art.
Each item in this collection is individually crafted in the U.S. A. from recycled natural fiber garments. I primarily use silk traditional Japanese garments such as vintage kimono, haori and obi which, in many cases, were hand painted, resist dyed and embroidered by the original artists. In this way the wonderful artistry and workmanship is made available in a practical form. My carefully constructed silk women's jackets / blazers / dusters are flattering for any figure and my bags and tablet sleeves are unique and useful.
I have transformed the white silk lining from the original kimono into hand painted silk scarves. Each is individually hand painted using silk dyes from my original designs.
Even though this page is entitled "about us," I am a one-person endeavor working alone in my attic studio in rural New Jersey and marketing my one of a kind (OOAK) collection at selected craft shows and online. All creations are made and kept in a smoke-free, pet-free environment. Although the vintage textiles are washed, some creases and minor spots may remain.
The term “first fruits” comes from the Bible and reflects my desire to honor God with the best of my talents. Each quarter I donate 10% of sales to a charitable cause.
Custom orders are very welcome for those who would like something designed especially for them and even to be involved in the creative process.
I hope you enjoy the fruits of my labor!
All items are returnable for a full refund (less shipping) if received in their original condition within two weeks.
November 10-11, 2018 Whitehouse Station Fire Company, NJ
November 17, 2018 Voorhees High School Winter Festival, Glen Gardner, NJ
November 17, 2018 West Windsor Artisan Market, Princeton Junction, NJ
December 1, 2018 Crafts in the Warren Tech, Washington, NJ
What are customers saying?
"Susan's work is PERFECTION! The jacket is STUNNING! I can't wait to wear it. Thank you for your creativity and skill!" Gwendolyn S.
"I have to gush, this is now the most beautiful piece of clothing I have every owned." Lillian V.
"Stunning! Excellent workmanship. I have a wedding to attend and the blue jacket will be perfect. I am thrilled!" Lisa C.
"I would like to have a closet filled with this seller's work!" Jocelyn F.
"BEAUTIFUL! It fits perfectly, looks great, feels wonderful. It is now my favorite jacket. It will get a lot of use." Alieta J.
"I have worn it often and receive compliments on it every time. It is such a source of pleasure for me." Kate P.
"Thank you for the lovely jacket and purse. I can't believe how beautiful and elegant they are. The jacket fits perfectly." Barbara L.