Oct 31, 2008

Designer Spotlight- Chi Chi Moi

Chi-Chi Moi started almost by accident in 2005 by textile artist Jan Ollis, who had trained in printed textiles before becoming totally hooked on crochet and knit. Jan had original learned these skills as a young girl, but did not use them professionally. It was whilst searching unsuccessfully for a corsage to give as a present that she decided to make one herself. The present was a great success and soon word spread and the corsages began to be sold in shops.

Now although Jan still makes many of the products herself, she also employs a small team of talented craftspeople to help her. She is constantly inspired to create new products, from quirky knitted rings and retro inspired cushions to nostalgic pearl corsages often using vintage materials in her designs.Chi-Chi Moi products can be found in shops and galleries around the country and also online. It also offers a bespoke design service, from small individual products to large orders and has been working with a large national company for several years. If you are wondering what ‘Chi-Chi Moi’ means, the loose translation is fashionably frilly me.

Waiting For We Make Christmas?
Jan is currently working on a hand knitted parcel, which can be used either on a ribbon as an advent calendar or individually as Christmas tree decorations. These will be available at the fair. Jan will also be bringing a range of her chokers and knitted and crocheted items.

Can’t Wait For We Make Christmas?
If you can’t wait till the fair to sample Chi-Chi Moi’s pretty designs then take a look at her website www.chichimoi.co.uk, you may even get a sneak preview of her knitted parcels.

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