Designing and Making started close to four years ago now, purely out of necessity. Returning to London after life in Egypt post Arab Spring, money was scarce, though time, energy and fabrics were abundant.
I needed some lavender eye pillows for a class I'd newly set up, so I set about making my own. Long been a collector of bright, bold and beautiful fabrics through my global travels, I'd accumulated an impressive pile to play with. So when a couple of students asked if they could buy one, one thing led to another and soon I was also making funky yoga mat bags, yoga journals, bolsters and meditation cushions.
Then I tried my hand trading at grassroots level through London's diverse market scene, including Portobello, Lower Marsh Waterloo, Roman Rd Yard Markets, Copeland Park Yard Markets, Brixton and various interesting pop up Xmas markets which have been an absolutely amazing experience, one I ended up being a natural at!
Through the magical markets scene I encountered some seriously talented artists, makers and designers who were immensely inspiring with their visions and creations. A lot of these people have since become friends who I'm happy to collaborate with and give them another platform to sell through.
What I've learnt is Creativity and Yoga do share some serious principles, most importantly Mindfulness. From experience I can say that sewing, sometimes more so than yoga is a deep meditation, anchoring you in present moment awareness, especially when you're in 'flow' mode; which ultimately contributes to wellness and wholeness. We're all born to create something amazing, even if this fact is forgotten.
I hope you enjoy the many varied hands and hearts of Wellness I'm stoked to collaborate with through this platform.
Open to new ideas and always taking new artists on board, please just get in touch.