Hello my name is Leda May Jones. My store name is Ledamay. I live in a small town of Willits in Mendocino Ca. I would have to say I love Northern California and hope to own my own little piece of it someday. I am a mother of three beautiful daughters and one son that is adored by all the lady’s in the house. My shops philosophy is to create everything with love and passion and to never get tired of what I’m making by always making it unique and different giving each piece Life!
My purpose with it all is to share a piece of myself with the world
My creative process is forever changing. I love finding old beautiful fabrics that inspire me and because I have four children and am homeschooling one …waking up early is the time I do most my creating. The kids will wake up for school and I will have fabric flung all over the house with sewing machine running and a cup of coffee in hand or will be twirling around in my newest creation and my daughters will tell me “ Mom I think that one is the prettiest one yet” haha ( they tell me this with each one.)
I am always changing my work place but I realize I prefer not hiding away I have to be near my children when I’m working and sometimes I think the background noise helps.
I love finding perfection in imperfection I use new fabrics when I can’t find something I need, But the older fabrics just have more character to me ,creating with them is so much more fun!
After I had my first two children I was a single mom needing a career so I decided beauty school was something attainable for myself so I finished and passed state board where then I got a job at Shag salon and would have to say I enjoyed being a hair artist for many years. It was after I got married and had my third daughter that my husband bought me a sewing machine for our anniversary.
I found the love for sewing and I haven’t put my sewing machine away since …………………..today is six years later……….wow………………
I would have to say the joy in creating for me is not the in the pieces I’ve made its who I have made them for, like this beautiful lady that came to see me from Oakland I created a dress for her wedding and now on the 25th she wants me to come and do her hair and makeup at the wedding, she has become a friend, and who could ask for more , I am just so blessed to know what I make brings these lovely peaceful people into my life .
Going back to thinking about my childhood and the first thing I saw being made …My mom had five children and we lived in many different trailers and pieces of property growing up, I was in awe that she always could make a home out of nothing. We would make furniture out of old tires, rugs out of old rags. She was definitely ahead of her time with creating things out of old T shirts but we never had a sewing machine and I always thought boy what I could do with one of those!!!!
“What you do really does reflect you and what you reflect comes back”
You ask what inspires me to create……… Love inspires me
I mostly sell my handmade art on Etsy and I have only done one vending booth and I loved it .
I would have to say you should give artists working out there some major credit because it is… very hard work! I think once my children are older I would love to do more.
I am very lucky to have a hardworking husband that has a job that allows me stay home with the kids. The only hard part is that it can be seasonal work so it always seems when he slows down with building my shop picks up the slack, but my dream is to own a home of our own someday that is definitely a driving force when I get tired I just have to pick myself up and find my creative flow.
I love to paint, cook beautiful food ,play on the beach and go hiking with the kids … but I am sad to say I haven’t gone to any music festivals yet. Growing up we all just played music by the campfire every night we never really had the money or transportation to do so, and having a baby at sixteen… I never got to explore that life, this team has definitely made me realize what I have missed all these years so I do hope to experience one someday !! I will be thirty this month I better get movin Time goes by so fast !
What would I like the world to know about me?
I would like to let the World Know I am a Dreamer
I never dreamed that I would be making women’s clothing let alone wedding dresses My shop on Etsy has been truly magical to me in how it has transformed and created this web of imagination and creativity in my soul I can say I am just excited to see what happens next !!!
My favorite quote is
“ everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree , it will live its whole life believing it is stupid “ (Albert Einstein)
Artist Contact info: Ledaandfamily@gmail.com
Social Media Links: on facebook L.may gowns, and Leda jones photography
Forever Grateful, Deadhead Art Alliance Team