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is notoriously difficult even in smaller shops, so getting an invitation to meet with them was great! Other retailers...Take note!


How did you find the Open Call process and what was your favourite part? I can’t lie, I was scared. I spent the few days between applying and the big day getting a few samples together feeling rather laid back about it all, until I reached Liberty and saw the long queue of hopefuls already there! A three hour wait did nothing to diminish my fears and, by the time it was my turn, I was thoroughly apprehensive. I have to thank my sister for keeping me calm! I had nothing to be afraid of. The panel were great - my comments were not all positive but they were all constructive. I still remember walking away from the panel clutching my “through to the second round” card, I was absolutely over the moon.


How have things changed for you since being selected as a finalist?


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I’ve gained confidence. Filling large orders was initially overwhelming but knowing that the things I love to make are appreciated by Liberty shoppers is a fantastic feeling. It’s been a thoroughly hectic ten months and I have had to refine my workflow considerably to make use of the meagre 24 hours in a day but the hard work is proving to be well worth it! I have big plans for 2011!


Your work has an innate English- ness to it, how did you find your style and what is the ethos behind your work? My ethos comes from my desire to create beautiful things and to set myself apart from the high street. I love the idea of heirloom textiles, quilts and clothes passed down through generations. While I don’t consider my work to be quite in the same league as an incredible patchwork, I make everything to last and reference the past through use of Liberty Prints. I strive to make pieces that are timeless and will last as items of wearable Art.


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