Being stuck behind a computer screen is all very well but when ever I get the chance to escape to the real world, I jump at it (all be it with smartphone in hand). As well as working on in-house designs at Made.com I also get the opportunity to work with talented external designers, which is a great way to keep your ideas fresh.
Visiting a designer’s studio or house is always an amazing insight into their way of working. I’m currently developing a range with the Lovely Ali Miller.
Ali has quite a magpie approach to her work, gleaning and reappropriating images and patterns from a bygone age. With a hands on approach she initially hand cuts all the images and then digitally reworks the composition; using nostalgic references but then creating a modern look with the unusual juxtaposition and editing of the cut-outs.
Her studio space is also her home and her work is dotted about each room; her work is about her life and also part of it on a day to day basis.
You don’t usually get tea and biscuits served like this! Unless you’re Sherlock Homes!
Keep an eye out for her first collection due for release Xmas 2013 at Made.com.