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.
‘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.
‘In The Making- Aprons’ are worn by printmakers, painters, glassmakers, woodworkers, jewellery makers, weavers, art restorers, antiquarian booksellers, cafe staff… and quite often worn for baking, housework and gardening too!
Aprons, though historically humble garments, very much embody the makers work ethic – put on an apron and you feel ready for work and ‘in the zone’. For creatives, wearing specialist work clothing gives a psychological separation between everyday life (eg day job, family) and creative freedom and exploration…. but also wearing your favourite comfy apron makes chores a little more bearable!
• Since leaving art college, I’ve had a meandering career in music marketing and design, 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!