Vendor Highlight – Blackbird Supply Co.

Spring Bada Bing is just around the corner! We are so excited for this year’s show. We believe it will be one of our best yet! We have incredibly talented makers taking part in Spring Bada Bing and we wanted our customers to have the opportunity to get to know them a little bit better, so we will be highlighting several of them between now and the big day. Check back daily!

Richmond Craft Mafia’s Spring Bada Bing – at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

April 21st 11am-6pm

Meet Jody & Karl from Blackbird Supply Co.

How long have you been making your products?

Since 2008.

Do you have any new products debuting this Spring?

Yes, we’re working on some pajama sets and loungewear, just in time for Mother’s Day.

What drives you to continue making? Who/what is your inspiration?

Strangely enough, we’re always inspired by our time away from work. It might be something as simple as an art exhibit, a movie, a trip somewhere new, or even just time outdoors away from the city. That’s where we’ve always drawn inspiration, and I think it’s because we’re at our most creative when we’re relaxed and recharging.

 How much time do you typically spend making each product?

It usually takes several days to get it right, and sometimes even weeks. I sketch multiple drafts of the design itself, create the screens, choose inks, and then we start the process of selecting inventory. We tend to order lots of samples to experiment with color combinations, and test for wear & tear. After all of that is squared away, we photograph the items and create listings.

What is the biggest hurdle you have overcome with your business?

Failure. It’s an inherent part of the creative process, but it can be tough to get used to. Sometimes designs flop, shirt styles miss the mark, craft shows are a bust, timing is off, etc. These things felt catastrophic in our first few years of business, but not so much now. A decade of ups and downs has left us with a high tolerance, which can only be a good thing.

What do you watch or listen to while you are working?

Mostly podcasts – Invisibilia, On the Media, Lore, The Hidden Brian, and 99% Invisible top the list right now.

How do you spend your downtime?

Cooking, eating, sleeping, and taking road trips (and doing those same 3 things somewhere else). We just returned from Austin where we ate our weight in tacos. That’s a successful trip by our standards.