Made in St. Louis: Lauren Stuckey

2011-10-02T00:00:00Z 2011-10-23T19:16:08Z Made in St. Louis: Lauren StuckeyBY KAREN DEER • kdeer@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8239 stltoday.com

• When did you start creating your own designs for tees? In January 2010, I was in college and was bored one evening. I was feeling creative. So, I grabbed a black T-shirt from my closet and applied bleach to it and started making a design with a bird and a treble clef. I wore the shirt, and other kids asked me where I got it. I decided to start making more designs for some friends, and soon other people were wanting them, too. I was a bit reluctant to start designing tees, but I began with making a few designs including a guitar, a piano keyboard and a peace symbol.

• How many designs do you offer? Right now, I have 15 to 20 styles to choose from.

• What are your prices? My tees are $30 each.

• Who's your customer? I make shirts for men and women, and they're available in small to 2XL.

• Is this your full-time job? No. I spend about 6 hours a week on my tees. I also have two other jobs. I'm a worship coordinator at Morning Star Church in Dardenne Prairie, and I'm an instructor/administrative assistant at GymQuarters in O'Fallon, Mo.

• How do you apply your designs? I mix together bleach and water, a special bleaching process, and apply the solution with paintbrushes. I hand-paint each design.

• Do you have a favorite T-shirt designer? Not really.

• Do you wear your shirts? Yep. The tees are soft and comfortable, and I like the idea of wearing an original piece of artwork.

• Tell us about your education. I have a bachelor's degree in music education.

• What are your interests and hobbies? I enjoy reading, and my favorite author is Jodi Picoult. I just finished the book "Sing You Home."

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