Pivot: embracing growth, adaptation, and change
In 2015 when I created Oxford Dogma, I was focused on designing and sewing accessories for dogs rooted in classic style and that solved problems for dog parents. It has been a remarkable experience for me! Getting to know people through a mutual love of our dogs is wonderful and knowing I’m helping them fulfill their desire to be good pet parents is so rewarding.
As I worked on building the business, I quite naturally added in some portrait projects. First as gifts for friends who supported me in tremendous ways, and then as products available in my shop. My portrait style is ever-evolving and currently the portraits are available as mixed-media drawings with a quirky yet classic style. (If you’re interested in ordering a portrait of your dog or a gift for your favorite pet parent you can reach me through my contact page.)
Over the last year I’ve had the intention to put more time into my art development and offer more artwork for pet lovers and other fine art projects. But the reality of the accessories I started Oxford Dogma with made this near-impossible. Sewing takes a LONG time!! Or at least it does when you’re as particular as I am about the finished product. There’s no such thing as quick-and-dirty in my studio ;)
So as of December 31, 2018, I took my final custom order and intend to shift away from sewing and toward artwork. For the time being, the items I had already completed are still available in my Etsy shop, along with custom pet portraits I’d like to do more of.
I’m excited to work toward my goals this year and I hope the new year brings you lots of energy to work on your own goals as well as oodles of snuggles with your fur babies!