Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Today's post features my friend Annie of Deadly Nightshades, where you can get vintage-style, fiberglass lampshades at a reasonable price. She also owns Time After Time, an incredible vintage clothing store located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. GQ voted Time After Time one of the 25 best vintage stores in America. You can read about it here. Time After Time has been in Chapel Hill on Franklin Street for 28 years!
How did you get into the lampshade business?
I started to make shades cause I got so sick of finding lamps with shitty shades on them. I figured even if no one else wanted them I could at least make them for myself and for lamps we got to sell in the store. It was basically figuring it out by trial and error and some strokes of good luck. We happened to get a hole puncher from an old shade factory form the 40's. The fiberglass was hard to find.... I only know of one place in America that sells it. That is why we sell it by the yard, for people who might want to make or repair their own shades or make Japanese screens or general crafting. I tried lots of different dye but good old Rit has worked the best for me.
The "Rectangle Eddie" found here.
What is the process like?
Well, it's not rocket science. All our fiberglass is white so I have to dye it. Shades are custom made. Figuring out measurements can be tricky and always makes me wish I had paid more attention in geometry class. The finished product is exciting. People come up with combinations I would never have thought up and many times I am surprised by how awesome they look.
The "Soup Pot" found here.
Any tips for care of these sort of lampshades, vintage or otherwise? I'll often see an awesome vintage lamp but the shades are dirty...
Here are some tips from our website. Another tip that is not there is to just hit at the shade with an old white tube sock!
Check 'em out, yall! They also do custom jobs.