Greetings & Happy Holidays, my fabric friends! Welcome back to another installment of The Wonderful Folks of the Works. We’re now into our 4th month of profiling the fabulous employees that work here at Clothworks. So far, I have shared the following stories of Debbie the Shipper,Tony the Warehouse Manager, and Susan the Order Department Extraordinaire. These folks share a common role in bringing the actual goods to our customers’ shops: from order entry- to cutting the fabric- to shipping out the fabric from our warehouse. The next employee that I’d like to introduce you to puts a different spin on fabric here at Clothworks. Allow me to introduce you to Susie, our Marketing Coordinator.
Back in March of this past year the position became available when our then Marketing Coordinator, Brandi, left the company to pursue another round of motherhood & new chapter in life. That’s when Susie rolled into Clothworks, quite literally, on a bicycle. After reading the job posting for Clothworks, Susie felt it was a good match for her love of blogging and her sewing experience. Susie comes from a crafty bunch, with quilters and sewists sprinkling her family tree. As Susie would come to find out in her new position at Clothworks, she could use her computer savvy, while learning new programs and online media tools to get the job done. And it helped for her to work in a lighthearted work environment that permitted her to keep work and home life separate. After all, she has her hands full with her son, Finn, who sometimes makes an appearance modeling fabric projects that Susie posts on the blog.
Bicycling to work and braving the Seattle rain, Susie begins each day with plenty of pep and coffee to keep her going. And boy, does she have many responsibilities to tackle! Her main role at Clothworks is to promote our company and product. She strategizes interesting ways to connect with our customers and our followers through online social media. On a typical day, you’ll find her engaging with our facebook followers, creating boards & interacting on Pinterest, blogging on The Works, and checking our social media analytics to see if folks are responding positively to the content that she posts. She determines what to do with small cuts of fabric that are too small to roll onto a bolt. She makes small projects with fabric, photographs them, and then creates fun & inspirational blog post tutorials. And if you haven’t noticed, Susie is our resident shutterbug– snapping pictures of everything from fabric fresh from the port, to quilts that have been pattern-tested, to sewing projects that our talented employees bring in for Show & Tell. She coordinates with designers who want to use Clothworks fabric for project submissions for magazine features, and also works with bloggers & sewists that fit the Clothworks groove for guest-blogging on The Works. Finally, Susie conjures up ways for Clothworks to help sponsor quilting & sewing events like Quiltcon and the Sewing Summit, as well as smaller quilting and sewing contests & give-aways. Phew! It’s amazing she still has the energy to ride her bicycle home after work!! Susie’s favorite part of her job is designing those super fun & eye-catching graphics, writing blog posts, and taking pictures….Oh, Snap! As we approach the end of 2012, her New Year’s Resolution is to write a blog series describing the production process of fabric: from field- to factory- to sewist!
Susie’s boundless energy is not just limited to time spent on the job at Clothworks. Her wheels continue to spin even after she pedals her way back home at the end of the day. Her crafty forays into DIY life run the gamut: from making clothing for herself, her son, and husband, to quilting, needlework, hand-drawing, fabric printing, and even making shrinky dinks! Like many artsy folks, her talents extend past one field. She bikes, she sews……. she sings! Yes, Susie is a singer in a 2-piece band, and loves to write & perform her songs. So if Susie were stranded on a desert island, what do you suppose she couldn’t live without? She’d trade her bike, her camera, and her sewing machine to make sure she’d have her husband, her son, and guitar along on that island. Now that sounds like beautiful music to my ears!!Susie, with her son Finn, her husband, and her various crafty creations!