In the beginning
I spend a great deal of my time on Facebook. That's an established fact. Memes fascinate me. I like to stay up-to-date with the latest lingo, the music, the things people are into. It's fun, and it keeps me connected. So when the fascination with mudskippers came about, I was right there in the forefront, keen as mustard. This was just one of many mudskipper photos being shared and re-shared, but it stuck in my head.
So many of my designs are inspired by photographs or comments that people make, and this one is no exception. My step-father is an amazing amateur photographer; combined with the fact that he and my mother do a great deal of travelling, this means that my feed is often filled with beautiful photographs of amazing places. These water lillies were in a small body of water outside Le Meridien hotel in Tahiti in August 2016.
With the move towards making more fabric items, we also need some fancy branding - and care labels! Luckily, Labels by Shelley was there to help!
What's an infinity scarf?
Put simply, it's a continuous, or 'infinite', loop of fabric, designed to be looped around your neck twice.
A few months ago, I started making small bags and other items to show what can be done with a single fat quarter. In the process, I developed this simple little design - it fastens in the middle into an adorable little bow, and opens out into a trinket bag.
I've always been a big fan of tentacular creatures - so much so that we used them as inspiration for our wedding table centrepiece.
Many of my designs are inspired by our beautiful home up here in the Western Hills, in our own micro-climate, away from the rest of the Hutt Valley. The idea for the 'meadow' theme came from all the lovely flora and fauna with which we are surrounded. I also keep being asked to incorporate more reds into my designs, so that drove the inclusion of the amanitae muscariae and the ladybirds. I wandered around the property for some more inspiration, and it came together really nicely.