This week we are meeting Sofie from Buckle & Cog who uses unusual fabrics to create one-of-a-kind watches
How would you describe your style?
Colourful, Unusual, Boho watches…
Where do you work and does your location influence your work?
I work in a Summer House Studio at the bottom of my garden. I’ve always wanted my own studio; it is so inspiring to go in and find everything as I left it. I can continue with my last project and it doesn’t matter how messy it gets!
How did you get started as an artist/designer?
I studied for a Btech in Art and Design, followed by a Foundation in Fashion and a degree in Fashion Marketing. This gave me the skills I needed to start my own business. Coming up with the idea was the fun bit! I experimented with lots of bits and bobs, until I found something I was proud of.
Can you give us an idea of some of your creative processes?
A new collection of watches begins 6 months in advance. I do trend research, to discover which prints will be in fashion. I scribble in sketchbooks and come up with 15 final print ideas. Many of the prints are designed by me and printed using a website called Spoonflower. Sometimes I’ll use Liberty of London Prints; occasionally I’ll spot some fabric when I’m out-and-about, that I simply can’t leave behind. My main tool is my sewing machine, hardly a day goes by without the sound of sewing coming from the bottom of our garden.
What is inspiring you or your work just now?
I’m currently working on the Autumn/Winter collection. The concept I’m working on is: ‘Brighten up the Dark Days’. The idea behind it is: just because it’s cold and dark outside, doesn’t mean you have to dress the same way. It’s inspired my 90’s video games and pixels. So they’ll be lots of simple repeat patterns and primary colours.
Do you have any new designs you can give us a sneak preview of?
Here is a very sneak peak of a few watch straps from the Autumn/Winter Collection…
What is your favourite thing about Nottingham?
It’s vibrancy, and mix of people. I love that both universities bring people into the city; they end up staying, and creating such a varied melting pot of talent and skills. It’s so inspiring to walk through the centre and see so many independent shops and restaurants. I think its small size helps its creative community to feel as if anything’s possible. Other creatives are close at hand to share ideas and give encouragement. It’s a wonderful place that I’m proud to call home.
The best piece of makers advice you have been given or can give to others?
Go for it! Just make something and see where it takes you. Don’t be afraid that things might go wrong or not work out as you expected. Sometimes the best ideas come from mistakes, that inspire you to look at something a little differently.
Etsy is such a great platform for creatives; you can make something, pop it on there for very little money, and see how it goes!
Enjoy it! Sometimes working from home can be a lonely place to be. Take a few minutes every day to appreciate how lucky you are, to be able to spend your life creating beautiful things, whenever and wherever you want!
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