Each ‘In The Making’ apron is designed and handmade by me, in my home studio, in hilly-leafy South-East London… a high ceilinged, sunny room with my sewing machine in the bay window, two big trestle tables for cutting out fabric and drafting patterns, and lots of design drawings stuck on the walls.
My aprons are made with meticulous attention to detail and finish, I pre-wash fabrics, all the turnings are carefully measured and stitched, thick turnings hammered and all the thread ends hand sewn in.
‘In The Making-Aprons’ range has been evolving gradually over the last 5 years, working on bespoke orders for artists and artisan businesses, learning about their skills and practice is the most fascinating part of my work.
Since leaving art college, I’ve had a meandering career in different fields, but all the while continued to paint and make – watercolours, drawing, collage, making toys and games with fabric, knit, card, printing….always with a project on the go! My favourite apron is my tie-dye No4 crossback, it’s so comfy and easy to wear, and splodges of paint etc just add character!
EDUCATION: BA Degree in Fashion Design, Kingston University: Foundation in Art & Design, Oxford Brookes University; ‘Experimental Illustration’ (1 year part-time) Professional Development Course, LCC (London College of Communication); Embroidery Short Course, CSM, Central St Martins School of Art.
MEANDERING CAREER: Music Industry booking agent + artist management – PR in Book Publishing (contemporary art/architecture) – Applied Textile Design (appliqué/print for childrenswear) – Craft Tutorial design/Writing for kids fashion brand and for workshops for adults.
Lisa Bennett • firstname.lastname@example.org