Handmade in SC: No One Alike

 Alike while at Soda City.  I was fascinated by the colorful marbled prints, scarves, quilted patchwork clutch purses, and amazing cutting boards one would not be ashamed to leave out on the counter. That same day I went home and instantly liked their Facebook Page. I looked forward to seeing what they would post because each piece was different (hence the name). I found out No One Alike is run by Father-Daughter Duo Bill and Kim Padula.
      (Image via Kim Padula)

How did you learn your craft?
My father has pursued his curiosity appetite from online, books, and other craftsmen. It is exciting, he says how easy it is to learn if you put forth the effort. Fibers has been the most familiar medium for me, traditional sewing has been passed down through my family of Italian immigrants who were seamstresses and tailors. Experimentation, breaking the rules–sewing with plastics, paper, turning garbage into something functional truly fuels my expression and confidence. The less you have the more creative you are forced to be.

One tip/trick you’re learned along the way (craft or business wise)?
Our tip along the way is that you can do anything you want to do. The information and materials are out there. If you want it, go for it!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years (business wise)?

We are in such beginning stages of our journey it is really hard to say. We think our business plan is on target. We will not sacrifice quality and unique expression for quantity and common place.


Living in Columbia, South Carolina and using this blog as my space to share a little insight into my life in what I'm making on the sewing machine, knitting needles, crochet hooks, in the kitchen, and elsewhere.

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