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34 Front Street
Springfield, MA, 01151
United States

(413) 427-5323

Valley Vogue New Lines is owned and operated by Susan Cagan. VVNL features fine quality wearable art using techniques of hand dyes, hand spuns, handwoven, knit and fabric manipulation.


Spring Show? So soon!

Susan Cagan

I have been enjoying going to the studio and dabbling in a variety of directions so much so that I totally lost track of time. Time is so relative. It is so slow at school. Summer vacation seems to taunt me with its closeness and year end events that are all consuming. At the mill, time sails by. I arrive with hours to work and glance at the clock and see closing time has come. Really?! Already time to leave.

Sometimes I am productive. Other times I spend hours learning how to use a new thread or design a new hanging. The show date crept up on me without making itself a huge presence until I received the email about having my artwork at the gallery on Monday. Tomorrow! How did that happen?

I finished an order and discovered I no longer have bags. That's right. When we decided to close up shop in the winter, we sold a lot of our things at a very good price. Now I need to purchase more at a much higher rate. A business woman, I'm not.

So come see the studio. It's a work in progress. Products are at an all time low but that's okay. There's no bags to put them in.

Oh no, we sold all the display racks ... And so it goes.

Reinventing Valley Vogue

Susan Cagan

The past two years have been hard ones. I experienced and learned how to survive different kinds of loss. My partner in Valley Vogue, Fran, found her life consumed by caring for her elderly mother and rehab for a severe injury to her wrist. We agreed that the cost and expectations of our business too much to maintain and decided to close up shop. I was devastated as I began to sell looms and supplies. At the same time, the middle school I had taught in for 23 years closed and was absorbed by the town's high school. I packed up my classroom and condensed my classroom materials and supplies to teach at the high school via a cart.

Close to the end of the process of terminating my lease at the mill, the owner offered me an opportunity to move to a smaller studio instead of leaving. My family encouraged me to consider the move. Their encouragement changed from a nudge to insistence that I reconsider. I think they shuddered to imagine me without a creative outlet. Whatever it was, I am thrilled to say it worked. I now am rebuilding and reinventing Valley Vogue. I am happy to add that Fran still stops in and hope she will collaborate on future projects.

New Look

Susan Cagan

Fran and I are polishing up our old website and giving it a new look. We are featuring only new products on this site. We are in the process of of setting up shop online to broaden our market. Lately, our time is limited and we both want to spend what time we devout to Valley Vogue in the artistic end. In order to do this, we are pulling back on our attendance in local fairs and limiting it to our favorites. We are available by appointment and hope to increase our presence online. Please help us by commenting on our changes to the website and our new product lines. Right now we are excited to offer changes in our offerings from the triloom in new fibers and colors. We are working with new dyes to make kettle dyed yarns and with our spinning to make handspun and art yarns. We hope to add images soon. As always, thanks for your support.

The Next Step

Susan Cagan

After years working together in the classroom, beginning a business, producing wearable art and entering the age of retirement, Fran and I are ready for another adventure. We are beginning to explore the possibility of marketing online. Our product line is limited. We are the owners, operators and designers. Sometimes we work like the dickens (whatever that is) and sometimes we talk family and laugh like the dickens (that word again). We are trying new things as always. Now it is spinning art yarn and incorporating it into our shawls and more. Fran is trying out zentangles in her pins and jewelry. We are replenishing our stock with more triloom shawls and a new design in a mobius twist. We are carding, dyeing and and drafting away the winter. For those of you that don't like wool, we are creating options in bamboo and alpaca. Then there is the necessary evil - revamping our website. Let us know what works and what doesn't. Thank you to our family, friends and customers. You all help to make this fun and something we want to persevere.