Collaborations can be fun! The word makes me shudder at the thought of group projects at uni, but think of it instead as working with another creative to pool your strengths, and make something much better than you could make alone.
I've wanted to make some handmade pieces using my patterns on fabric for a while, and I'm ok on a sewing machine - but I've got nothing on an amazing costume artist Sarah Hardwick. We first met at sixth form and since then she's gone on to do many amazing projects, even working behind the scenes on Strictly Come Dancing! So when she got in touch about a collaboration I was excited to see what we'd come up with.
My oranges design has been one of my favourites I've designed lately, and it really catches the eye! We decided to make zip pouches /pencil cases /cosmetic bags (whatever you call them!) I ordered some digitally printed fabric and sent it off to Sarah for the sewing, and she got cracking as soon as it arrived.
She kept me updated with photos of her process along the way, and it was so exciting to see my designs slowly turning into something 3D! She has a real eye for detail and every part of the making was done to such a high standard.
We chose lovely quality metal zips and black lining, and even added branding labels! Once they were finished they were posted to me for the final steps, photographing and listing them for sale in my Etsy shop.
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with photographing my own products, I do enjoy it, but it can be difficult especially in winter when there's not much natural light. I use some big white mount boards in a light corner of the studio at uni and the photos usually come out alright!
We made a limited edition of 10 bags (11 if you count the one I kept!) and there were two sizes, small and large. I put them up for sale in my Etsy shop and they sold out within 3 days! We were so pleased with the response and we're thinking about making some more over the summer. They'd be limited edition again, but this time using a different one of my patterns - which would you like to see on the next ones?