Vivid Impressions was started in 1999 in Hawai'i and hit the web in 2000.
It is, in essence, the business name under which I sell items that I make.
I am Barbara Byram, and after almost five decades of working with fabrics,
yarns, threads, and fibers of all sorts, I finally refer to myself as
a fibers artisan. The tools of my trade are primarily fiber and paper,
though I enjoy creating useful objects from recycled materials as well.
I sell my products and art directly to the public, though I also offer
short-run lines of clothing designed and by made myself to retailers
on a wholesale basis.
I have spent my life learning how to work with fibers on a number of levels.
My skills include sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving,
embroidery, beadwork, papermaking, woodworking, and general crafting using
any and every combination of materials and skills that interest me.
Over the years, as the amount of clothing and other fabric items made in
the U.S. has dwindled to almost nothing, I have become more determined to
make and offer for sale good quality, functional, and affordable items. To this
end, I make a line of clothing from durable fabrics that are intended to last
through several years' wear. I offer these to the retail trade only.
And, direct to the public, I offer a line of totes, bags, pillows, quilts,
and other functional items that will last for years when properly cared for.
All of my products are priced to compete against imported goods -- especially
when the durability of my product is taken into consideration.
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