Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Our New Look

New Year brings us a new look. We have a new website/blog where you can read about the latest IVS news and products as well as browse and buy from our products.

Visit us at:

See you there and feel free to give us a feedback about anything related to the new website and our products.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


How lucky are we that we have the nicest customers? You never have to write back after receiving your order - but when you do - we're the happiest people in the world. And by the way, giving us a chance to fix something is also a blessing because we want everyone to be happy and we can't improve if you don't tell us what needs fixing. We're all in this together.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Resin Weights

Okay, finally. Our resin shot-filled weights are ready. The pomegranates are about 100 grams each and the bunnies are about 125 grams. Poms are $9 and the buns are $11. We'll get them on the web site soon but if you want them before then just send us an email.
By the way, if there's something you want and you don't see it on the site or the drop-down menu says it's sold out just send an email. You can inquire and not be obligated to anything. Usually we send emails with fabric selections or other options. And, oh, if you live in LA you can arrange for a pickup to save the shipping cost and have a chat and a snack. Or you could do a drive by and we'll throw it in the car. Whatever.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Long Overdue Update

First, how is it July tomorrow??? We've only just finished napping after AIC! Not really. Though we've been silent, we have been working hard. We know the actual website and store need updating, too, and that's coming. In the meantime, we encourage people to send inquiries through our contact address and we can let you know what's available or what can be available post haste.
I have some pictures and more will be coming. Soon.
Lab Coats come in 4 base colors now (black, charcoal, olive, teal blue) with a selection of trims for you to choose from. We also have all black bib aprons and all black restaurant waist aprons with the IVS logo, in black. You can see them, with a magnifying glass, along with our upcycled material glue gun stands in this shot from Milwaukee, as we prepare for Cafe Disco.

We also have two new sets of weights to introduce: the leather Volcano series, and hard resin forms.
These leather weights come in three sizes: the tiny Volcano Kiss that sold out in Milwaukee, retails at $7 each. Next up is the medium Volcano Weight. And last but not least, the Eyjafjallajokull, or just call it the Large Volcano. I also like 'Fjall' or 'Fyjoll', which mean 'mountain'. Whatever, we'll know what you're talking about. The Fjall comes in at about 4lbs.This is a variation of the finished top - hand sewn instead of machine sewn. I like them both. Haven't decided...
These are the footprints of the weights. The smallest is 1.5" across.

Next, I'm still working on these resin-encased lead and steel shot weights. The shapes are almost right and then the exact proportions of shot to resin need to be worked out. I have a bunch of imperfects if someone wants a deal on bunnies with broken ears and unsightly shot peeking out from behind the resin.

Oh, I almost forgot - we're planning a workshop series this Fall, here in LA. We've tentatively arranged for a space in Echo Park. Our aim is for the workshops to be an opportunity to acquire real conservation-useful skills, such as mold making or needle felting, and if those conservation skills could consequently be used to make, say, a unicorn or Christmas ornaments, then so be it. The workshops would naturally include snacks and vino.

So you see, we're working here but I only have one intern - he's 8 and has a very short attention span.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

For those about to shop, we salute you

Please come to Cafe Disco, pretty please. Come see why our eyes are red and there is thread on everything in our homes.
Finally, magnets for conservators. Inside humor only you will understand.

Tiny steel shot weights as pretty as gum drops. Available in many flavors.

And the raviolis, elegant and oh, so heavy. We don't want to beg but it would be rather nice not to haul lead back to California, as beautiful as it is.

Vintage kimono silk bean bags. Hand-washable. Perfect gift for your favorite conservation lady.

Leather and canvas tool wrap with zippered compartments.

Plus, come on, free snacks and drinks? Dancing? Can you afford NOT to come?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cafe Disco

We're thrilled to

We're thrilled to invite you all for a reception in our suite at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Avenue, located 2 blocks from the AIC Hyatt location. Two short blocks, come on down. You won't even need a designated driver. We'll have a selection of our products for sale - just think, no shipping charges. Of course you're all welcome to just come say hello and enjoy some snacks and music. We would love to see you!

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