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hours before the show opened I had collections, charity shops, second fashion, textiles, pattern and things
 hour of sleep, so when I finally got hand shops and ‘reclaiming’ beads quirky/kitsch … and aspects of these
the room finished I was so relieved. and buttons from old necklaces, have run through pieces of my work
It was only later that I could stand belts, or clothing. I enjoy the for several years and continue to do
back and properly appreciate what I challenge of creating something so. In recent months I have started
had achieved. Luckily the wallpaper new from something old, and of to evolve and expand the product
went up well (and stayed up for the course, it’s more earth-friendly and range of Original Minnie and have
duration of the show, until I had to rip resource efficient if I can give an old even created some jewellery pieces
it all down, to restore the room to  item a new life re-invention. There is without any buttons! (the reclaimed
blank walls!) The show was definitely always more that can be done, but I beads are still there though). I want
over, with memories, a sample book, do also try to source recycled paper/ to keep an open mind for Original
and scraps of wallpaper to remind card products as much as possible – Minnie, but I think the core interests
me of all the hours of hard work.” my carrier bags, gift boxes, and even and values will always be there
my storage boxes are all made from – inspiration from the past, recycle,
What is the ethos behind Original recycled paper/card. The little clear and reuse. And I’m always collecting
Minnie? “I started Original Minnie bags I present the greeting cards in more buttons, so I know they will
in 200, after I finished my art and are biodegradable – made from corn continue to make appearances!”
design degree. I make textile inspired starch, they can even be put on your
jewellery and greetings cards using compost heap!” What are your plans for Original
buttons, ribbons, beads, and fabrics. Minnie in the short? “I’m planning
I prefer to use vintage, reclaimed, How has your style evolved over to expand the product range to
and recycled materials as much as time? “For years I’ve had an interest include textile items such as bags
possible, raiding my relatives’ fabric in vintage/retro, afternoon tea, and purses, made using reclaimed,
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