We had the good fortune of connecting with Sally Bleck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sally, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
Sourcing an ethical and sustainable brimmed hat brand in a price range that all my customers can afford feels impossible in the market right now, but I haven’t given up!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started off making band art and selling that at music festivals around 2012. Its just morphed along with myself from there. First friends wanted hats, then friends of friends and I always had names on my custom waiting list. Its never been easy and has always been a balancing act. I have always maintained another job (in a creative industry still). Setting schedules to create isn’t always how creating works. I make my embroidery pieces with shorter stitches so when you’re in the back country on an overgrown trail those stitches won’t get snagged. It also helps maintain long lasting pieces for washing. I like to focus on vintage, thrifted and ethical/sustainable brands as my canvas. I want to create pieces for your closet that you’ll want to hand down to your kids or gift when they no longer serve you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would spend one day having an adventure. Hiking something in Hyalite or the Bridgers or skiing Bridger Bowl. We’d have casual dinner at Farmacy or stroll downtown for whatever sounded good in the moment. We have a booming downtown in Bozeman. We’d go shopping at Salchicha and Biome Slowcraft Collective. We’d prob go to my fave thrift spots and then get coffee at Treeline Coffee. End the shopping date with beers from Map Brewing!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Its hard to single out one person when my community is so large and I have been uplifted by so many. The embroidery community I’ve found on Instagram has shared so many tips and what they personally did to solve problems or overcome challenges. The Bozeman art community and local businesses have given me a home to display my work and explore putting myself out there. Two artists who have held space for my complaints, creative freedom and support art Adrienne from Furrow and Ridge and Mac from Trail Stitching Co!
All images were taken by Taylor Barrett Photography