Earlier this year, in collaboration with Nipper Skipper, I designed a set of t-shirts based on their very cute logo-mascot Pip (Penguin) – They went on sale yesterday!
Nipper Skipper sell sailing gear- safety gear and technical clothing for children who sail – age 0-10 years. The t-shirts are their first foray into Nipper Skipper branded products.
Rather than straight copy their Pip logo I went for a simplified, yet still very recognisable, strong line drawing of Pip.
Nipper Skipper felt strongly that their customers would be keen on organic fair trade t-shirts. After some research we settled on Stella and Stanley marl shirts, printed by 3rd Rail in Bermondsey London, using water-based discharge inks – which give a fantastic soft feel (no horrible plastic finish) you can hardly feel any ink on it at all.
Lastly, we thought about packaging. I’d had these gorgeous stripey candy bags on one of my Pinterest boards for ages, they come in a lovely range of colours and sizes. The yellow ones were perfect with the set of Pip stickers Nipper Skipper already send in their parcels.
I got an email today from Folksy advertising their Christmas Gift Guides. I got the shock of my life when I followed the link to ‘men’s gifts’.… there was my my pinstripe mens apron (at no 24 out of 129!). Really pleased!
Confirmed over the weekend that I’ll be selling at the Christmas Market – 57 Gallery, SE13 London. 6-7th December 2014. I’m so exited I haven’t done a Christmas fair for years. I had a lovely morning rummaging about in boxes, sorting out little paper bags, labels, pegs (for attaching info/prices) etc into one box.. Here’s a photo. Now I’ve got to start making some Christmas decorations etc so that I have a range of prices, my desk is covered in fabric and packet of sequins trying to get some new ideas!
Finally did it, a Facebook page for A Dog Like Sparky, I caved in to pressure from my daughters and friends! I’m not a big fan of social media, I want to be making things and doing things rather than talking about it – but I can see the value in sharing ideas and inspiration, design processes and investigating new skills etc. Here goes…….
I’ve started a new apron collection on the Folksy shop, called ‘Artisan’, I put three up today. They are designed with function and style in mind, for craftspeople, technicians and designers (but pretty good for home use too). This is all about building A Dog Like Sparky a distinctive brand.
Folksy are moving everyone over to a new shopfront design, I’ve been pondering what to do with it for a couple of months and finally got round to sorting it out this week. It’s a reverse denim appliqué Sparky dog, stitched with thick top stitching thread, with a hand stitched cross eye; instead of a conventional portrait I used the kids ‘Smiley Camo Apron’ logo.
I finally got round to photographing these cushions yesterday, and putting them on Folksy today. They are made from graded t-shirt logos from Mini Boden: I did the original designs for them. The design director gave me the samples with some fabrics, to make some ‘stuff’ to sell to raise funds for the school Storysacks Library.
I finally finished the Peace At Last storysack on Thursday and it was out on loan straight away on Friday! The bear is very cuddly indeed, I’m particularly pleased with the knitted dressing gown. The printing on the bird whistle bag was an interesting experiment (see my last post).