Meet Jes of Boober Cakes!
Name: Jes Zamora
Age: 23 big ones
Hometown: I’ve lived all over, but I guess my hometown would be Chesterfield Michigan
Current Location: ^_^ same as above, good ol’ Chesterfield =P
How did your interest in fashion begin? I guess it began in my early teens, when I had a huge desire to be unique. It didn’t make sense to me, to shop at the same stores, and buy the same things as the rest of the “punks” in order to be unique, so I started making my own stuff. It started off super basic.. I’d draw on shirts with fabric markers, I’d sew a purse for myself. After a while it progressed into making altered t-shirts, and even some shirts and skirts from scratch. Whatever I felt I needed at the time.
What motivated you to start selling your designs and what were your expectations when you started? I tried it for fun after making something for myself that ended up to big. I put it on ebay, thinking it would just be fun to see if anyone bid at all, not expecting anything from it. After that I became addicted. It quickly became very time and money consuming. I’d make some money, I’d spend it on some more materials, or a new machine… just snowballed from there.
Do you have any formal training in fashion, art or design? Not at all. Trial and error… its the best way in my opinion.
Is Boober Cakes your primary job? At the moment it is probably what I spend most of my time doing, although I still have a daytime job. It is my goal to make it my full-time gig.
How many people are behind the scenes at Boober Cakes? Just me. I do the shopping-designing-sewing-photos/modeling/editing- listing-packaging-shipping-various online stuff. I’m really quite exhausted.
What are some of the best and worst aspects of being an independent designer? I love that I’m my own boss, so I make the rules, I get to be creative all day, and I don’t even have to wear pants if I don’t want to. I would say the only downside is getting overwhelmed at all the things you need to do… but a part of me even likes that part.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs? I’m a big fan of “cut, then think”. I start with a really primitive idea, start chopping, and go from there.
How would you describe your designs? Awesomely unique and ever changing.
Any advice for aspiring designers? Keep going! It takes A LOT of work, but if you love it, don’t give up!
Do you have any interesting hobbies (outside of sewing/designing)? I like writing, making cupcakes, playing with kitties, and watching tv on dvd… oh and rocking out… but that goes without saying.