What did you start doing what you do?I started making children’s clothes when I had my son a couple of years ago now. I’ve always loved textiles and collected vintage pieces of fabric and I’m a keen knitter, and when I had a child I realised that there was not a great deal of inspiring children’s wear out there that was cute, practical and unique. But I haven’t stopped with children’s wear, I also make homewares like my furoshiki picnic rugs and accessories like hats and patchwork bags.
Why did you chose your business name?Well, I can’t focus on one product, one method. I just can’t stop making and trying new techniques and styles. One minute I’m obsessed with patchwork, and every scrap gets pieced together, the next I’m up to my elbows in natural dyeing or appliqué or smocking or felting or quilting! So I’ve started a blog where I can keep track of my mini crafting obsessions. I guess the common thread throughout is that I always try to use recycled bits or materials salvaged from off cuts and scraps. That and collecting vintage fabrics and creating something modern yet with a timeless feel.
How long have you been doing what you do?I’ve always made things, my mum was super crafty and she taught me how to knit and sew and I experienced a lot of different crafts at school like keeping silk worms and dyeing and spinning the silk and weaving.
What else they you like to do?I love a good car boot sale. I have found some wonderful vintage fabrics. I especially love a good brocante. Recently I found some beautiful natural linen in a Norman brocante, in an flax producing region, it was so well loved and used! What’s more it had some holes that were exquisitely darned. I love to find fabric that was so loved that it had been painstakingly mended to get a few more years life out of it. Some of the oldest linen I found was from a hospital in Paris and was stamped 1843. I’ve turned this piece into two pairs of my toddler pantaloons that I think are going to be very hard to part with.
What is your ultimate goal for your business?My ultimate goal is to start a makers farm in Australia that was provide a place for people to come and learn and practice traditional crafts and experience life on a farm. I have started a blog about our transition from London to Australia and about our goals for creating a sustainable community with a focus on self sufficiency through making and growing. See http://farmingcraft.blogspot.
If you could make something for a famous person who and what would it be....?
I think one of my smocked gingham hats would look fab on Judy Garland!
Lately, whilst at home with a toddler, I find inspiration in the pages of a magazine called Hand/Eye. It beautifully documents the work and plight of traditional artisans across the globe. Every time I open that magazine I want to travel to far flung regions of the world and spend a few years learning a new technique from the masters.
Your best seller or signature piece of work:These are my best selling toddler pantaloons. They are so perfect for babies and toddlers. They are based on the very roomy harem style trousers with added leg cuffs and a wide waistband. They are great because they do not restrict the movement and flexibility like many toddler trousers do so they can sit in that perfect lotus pose that only a baby can do!
We Make Summer Boutique:
At the shop you’ll also find my latest design, a full play suit version of my toddler pantaloons. Great for summer.
Also for little ones my best selling patchwork neckerchiefs made from my scraps of vintage fabrics.
Perfect for lazy summer days in the park, my Furoshiki applique picnic rugs fold up into their very own picnic bag.
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