Making do in an Imperfect World
In a perfect world, people won't need to promote themselves. Work will arrive at your doorstep because people value what you do.
One of the guests at Deborah's kid's bat mitzvah fell in love with the kippot I had made for Deborah and her daughter. She wanted to know if I also make tallitot. I was happy to tell her that indeed I do make tallitot.
She continued that her son's bar mitzvah was in June, would I be willing to work with him? Indeed, I would. Then she asked if I ever worked with old fabrics, she had a weaving from Tibet that she had hoped might be worked into the tallit. I explained how I loved working with old schmattas and it all sounded good to me.
Josh and his mom met with me on Sunday evening. Although I was dying to see the fabric, I asked that we not look at it until after we had looked at the texts about tzitzit together. I find that learning about the sources of tallit and some of the history means that my clients are on the same page I am on when we begin designing. I love beautiful things but a tallit is simply pretty and is created devoid of meaning is a little like the blonds of the world of jokes.
The length in back allowed us to make a smallish flip over the shoulders tallit. I get irritated by tallitot that are completely striped. no this isn't a legal issue, but rather a matter of personal taste.
Josh his mom and I looked at a variety of silk shantungs. We kept choosing brownish reds that all looked very similar, the way that Bobbie Brown lipsticks are all infinite variations of that same brownish red. I told Josh and his mom that I would figure out the exact shade on my own.
I called the folks at Super Silk the next day to place my order. I also ordered some additional silks for the "Not Mets" tallit and for a couple of other pieces. I could have just ordered using the website, but I really needed to talk about the specifics of the shades I needed before I made my purchases. I needed a red crossdyed with black. I kept thinking of it as a beefy red.
Annie from Super Silk and I spent lots of time discussing nuances of color for the right red, orange, blue and white. We had settled on the silks I needed.