GEMMA

FASHION: REPURPOSED - REDESIGNED - REIMAGINED

From sewing machine to stage....

Jenna Davis

One of my goals when dreaming about starting Gemma, was to create one-of-a-kind garments for my musician and entertainer friends here in Nashville (and beyond!)

Enter Kamber.

She saw one of my pieces on the website almost as soon as it launched, and we met for her to try it on in person and purchase it.  She mentioned she was starting a new band project (they’re called RAVINER--check them out HERE) and she asked if I would be interested in making a piece for her to wear for a showcase they had coming up at City Winery.  Of course I was thrilled and honored to do so!

So, just as any savvy, visually-stimulated creatives would do, we went to Pinterest for some inspiration.  The band was going for a futuristic & industrial, meets elegant yet edgy look.  I sketched out a few ideas and sent them to Kamber for her thoughts.  Then, after setting aside some clothes & material I already had on hand that were the perfect starting point, I went to work scouring my local Thriftsmart and Goodwill for other pieces that would complete the puzzle.

And what a puzzle it was!

I took the collar and zippers from a leather jacket, the back and sleeves of a textured turtleneck, a hi-low cardigan, a long black vest, and a fishnet tank top.

The next few weeks went by in a blur, and before I knew it, the showcase date was almost upon me!  Because I would be heading out of town the week of her show, it was really getting down to the wire.; I also had a couple of other projects going on simultaneously, and,  because I’m the world’s best procrastinator, it was definitely a fun challenge to get this piece just right.  I always want to put quality time, love and care into every piece I work on, especially because they are being specifically designed for an individual and, for the most part, won’t be replicated in the exact same way ever again!

A few days before I left for my trip, Kamber came to see her piece and try it on! I was so glad she was happy with it, and after just a few minor adjustments, it was ready!  I was super bummed to miss it, but the Raviner showcase went great, and Kamber sent me a few photos from the show.  It was amazing to see my work being worn on-stage for the first time--and here’s hoping for more to come! (Photo Creds to Katie Williams and Robbie Hall.)

Sometimes when I have an idea, or I’m putting down on paper the goals I want to accomplish, I don’t really expect to accomplish them.  There’s something in me that is surprised when things actually turn out great! I don’t know why I’ve always struggled with an enemy named "self-doubt", but I’d be willing to bet that I’m not alone in it. 

What would it look like if we lived without that doubt? What if we pursued our dreams with expectations of amazing success and accomplishment? What do we have to lose?  Yes, there is always the potential for failure and disappointment, but those can become some of the best teachers, if we let them.  They can make us stronger, help us grow, and to learn how to roll with the punches.  They teach us a little more about ourselves and how to move forward.  

Let’s all agree to be brave together and expect great things to happen when we move toward our goals.  You might just get more goodness than you ever imagined! 

I’d love to hear some stories of how things you’ve done turned out better than you expected---and bring on the stories about things NOT turning out so great.  Both are an equally important part of the learning process in the grand scheme of life :)