THE SUMMER 2017 COLLECTION
Posted on September 26 2017
After a whirlwind summer of five folk festival in two provinces and a territory, I finally have this past summer's designs photographed and online! Here's a look at the new designs and the new styles and colours.
I definitely went a bit more "out there" for this summer's collection, choosing some stranger doodles from my books. For the red one which I've titled "Folk Gnome," I wanted to do a design inspired by Folk Art, and this is what happened! I ended up piecing together bits of different drawings, starting with the gnome-ish guy as the main subject. It's been fun hearing other people's interpretations of this design, they've been rather varied!
The black one above was based on the doodle below, which I came across when flipping through my books on the hunt for new designs and really liked. I flipped it sideways because I thought it made a neat shape across the body, and then added in the figure on the left of the shirt, so that the general shape of the design is a big handprint. Hi-ya!
And then I came across this doodle in my old Sketchbook Project Sketchbook, (If you haven't heard of The Sketchbook Project, check it out here) with the theme "Strange Neighbours."
I had the idea to turn it into a double sided shirt with the weird organically shaped house (lots of people think it's an underwater rocket ship...) on the front (I decided a bunny would probably live at this kind of house), and then the more normal looking house on the back (of course, this is the kind of house a beaver would live in). Printing on both sides meant twice as much work for me, but as usual, the cool idea won out over practicality. A labour of love, truly.
And then these are the different styles and colours of older designs that I added for the season. Tanks and sweaters and v-necks oh my!
I almost forgot! There's a couple of beeeautiful new kids shirts too! Those colours!
ANOTHER INTRODUCTION, MEET BERT
Posted on September 29 2016
Three and a half years ago, I made a very special addition to the Mumble Tease family, when I purchased my first vehicle, a 1971 Volkswagen campervan (who I would later name Berthold, or Bert for short!).
Early in 2013, I was kind of panicking about how I was going to get myself, and all of my shirts and things, to my first Winnipeg Folk Festival. Up until that point, if I needed to drive to a market, I borrowed a vehicle. Kevin’s Jeep, or one of my parents’ vehicles, but it was finally looking like this awesome system of mine wasn’t going to work. I would be gone for at least a week (too long to borrow), and really, at the age of 27, it was probably time that I thought about purchasing a vehicle of my own.
At the suggestion of my boyfriend Kevin, I began searching for a vw campervan. They were cute and I would hopefully have enough room for all of my Mumble Tease things, and then I would have sweet camping accommodations at the festivals!
In February of 2013, (it was coincidentally Valentine’s Day), Kevin and I headed north to Delburne, Alberta, a small town east of Red Deer to check out a van listed on Kijiji. I didn’t know how to drive standard, so Kevin did a small test-drive, which included not being able to make it up an icy hill, and not being able to find reverse. I had been looking for a van for a while, and this one was running, and moving, and looked to be in pretty good condition (in the dark), and was available, and I bought it. And then Kevin had to drive the van back to Calgary for me (in February, not a fun thing in a vehicle that doesn’t have heat). Best Valentine's "gift" ever!
I was super excited to show off my new purchase to my sister and parents (the above photo is of me first introducing Bert to them). My Dad’s first comment upon seeing the van was “you’ve got rocks in your head." He worked as a mechanic for many years and was all too familiar with the care, knowledge, time, skill and money that needed to go into properly maintaining an older vehicle. He figured I’d get halfway to my first festival, which happened to be a long 1300km to Winnipeg, and then would find myself stranded, and end up spending loads of money on towing and repairs.
Well, I think Bert surprised everyone that first summer when he not only made it to Winnipeg and back, but also proceeded to make it to festivals in Vancouver, Calgary, Canmore, and Edmonton, all without incident. (Above is him in the parking lot at our first Winnipeg Folk Festival!)
I’ve been driving Bert every summer since and I have definitely had my share of problems since that first magical summer. (A few highlights include a spark plug blowing out of the engine, oh, three or four separate times, finally resulting in a new head; a hole blowing out in the muffler, which was more of a problem than you would think; smoke billowing out the back in the middle of Roger’s Pass on the way back from Vancouver because air wasn’t getting to the heat exchanger, which was less of a problem than you would think; and jumpstarting him because the starter wasn’t working, which I never actually did anything to fix, it just started working again a few days later…) But a tow truck has yet to be involved, and only once have I had to leave Bert while he was getting repaired and rent a u-haul to get to the next festival in time (because of the hole in the muffler!).
And he’s so much fun to drive! I like to say that Bert has amazing powers of happiness. If I’m not in the greatest mood, that doesn’t last for long once I hop in Bert and start driving around a bit. In Bert, everything happens slowly. My top speed on the highway is about 100km/hour, but decreases rapidly when any sort of hill is involved, because of his tiny, air-cooled engine. I know that I’m just about the slowest vehicle on the road, and I accept and embrace that fact and don’t worry about getting places quickly, or passing other vehicles on the highway. Because I can’t!
Driving an old vehicle definitely comes with it’s quirks, and isn’t for everyone. (My sister has demanded that before next summer, the handle that opens the passenger window needs to be functional, or she’s not coming with me to Winnipeg! Fair.) But all the quirks and “adventures” as I like to call them, are totally worth it. Going anywhere is just more fun when traveling with my pal Bert.
WELCOME! AND AN INTRODUCTION
Posted on March 24 2016
Hey everyone! I'm Heather from Mumble Tease, and welcome to the new website and blog! I'm really excited to have an online shop of my very own, and also to have a platform to share more in depth stories about all things Mumble Tease! I'm looking forward to sharing all the behind the scenes craziness that goes into having your own t-shirt company. Craziness I tell you!!!
Well, I guess that's all for now, thanks for having a look and I hope you love the new site as much as I do! Now, back to work Heather!!