“I have been creative ever since I can remember. My parents are both very creative – my father is an architect and Mum is a stylist. They have influenced me alot. When I was small many of my friends used to have the huge plastic Barbie houses but I would make mine from my Dad’s architectural samples and any scraps of fabrics I could find in my mum’s sewing drawer! I also used to spend hours in the fancy dress box. I went to art classes throughout my childhood and studied art at both GCSE and A level. Here is a picture of me drawing Vivienne Westwood outfits for my A Levels.”
I love what Becci is wearing in this photograph – the slim fitting dress, the pink jacket with shoulder pads, and the coiffed hair style.
“Following school I studied Textile Design at Leeds university where I had a two-months stint in Paris weaving fabrics followed by nine-month footwear design placement. Here I am at the weaving factory In Paris.” What a marvellous opportunity for a young person – to be able to study abroad and get placements where you are in factories or design studios!
“I would wear some very interesting outfits from Clignancourt Vintage Market – tiny 70’s ski jackets worn with skirts, leg warmers and a cap! Ha ha! It was competition to out-do each other at the weaving studio. My friends and I used to wear the weave studio garments to advertise the range – Chanel ‘esque’ cropped jackets which are still very wearable. After university I worked for a fashion company for a month doing their evening wear embroideries and soon discovered that the fashion world wasn’t for me. It was then that I retrained in Graphic Design which I loved.
“I worked as a junior designer after my Graphic Design training and then after relocating to London have worked for, and still do work for, an incredible boss in the corporate world (hence the length of time!) but have now reduced my hours and decided to set up my own business one day a week doing bespoke stationery design. Wedding stationery has evolved into my speciality having done lots of designs for friends over the last few years. I think there is a huge (but also a very competitive) market for wedding stationery as brides love unique touches throughout their whole day. I’m also designing note cards, address cards, Christmas cards in addition to my wedding range. “ I really like the fruity backgrounds Becci!
“People love personalised items – they can’t get enough of them – myself included! Fun, bright thank you cards are very popular too and always in demand.
Four days a week Becci works the same sector as me – social, affordable housing and property development. But she works at the “posh” end of it, and she dresses accordingly.
On my “own business” day I dress differently. I put on a denim dress and Nike trainers because they are comfy and so different to what I wear Monday to Thursday. And then I feel like I’m in design mode!”