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MEET: Jane Bernstein by Debbie Orr of www.skeinqueen.co.uk


London-based maker Jane Bernstein


opened her shop


‘memake’ on Etsy back in 2006 and makes one-of-a-kind bags, cushions and fashion accessories from repurposed fabric and knitting. She also runs a prints and stationery shop called ‘typescale’.


Please tell us about yourself and how you became a designer. I live in London with my family and design and make my own range of fashion and home accessories - I was brought up in a very creative household and have always made things.


I am also a graphic designer and photographer, and graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from Camberwell School of Art (now part of University of the Arts London).


17 | ukhandmade | Autumn 2012


This led to a career as an Art Editor in publishing.


What’s the story and ethos behind memake and what inspired you to set up your design business? I chose to leave the corporate world to spend more time with my family and work from home.


I read about Etsy in (the now


defunct) ReadyMade magazine and registered on the site with no idea of what I might sell. I called my shop memake to cover all possibilities!


I wanted to work with my hands and not a computer, for a change. I have always enjoyed sewing, knitting, jewellery making etc. Since my teens, I’ve chopped up, altered and dyed clothes to make new ones.


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