Next up on our meet the makers series we have Alex of Stitch City.
Can you tell us a little about what you do?
I love to embroider and I am totally obsessed with maps, so I make all manner of map related products including embroidered wall hangings, notebooks and badges, along with some other fun stuff like earrings and pin cushions.
How did you get started?
I studied Illustration at Uni and realised during that time that I was much more confident with a needle and thread than drawing with a pencil! On our course we were encouraged to look at alternative, interesting ways to sell our work and that was when I discovered Etsy!
Where are you from?
I am from Cardiff and apart from 3 years at Uni in London I have lived here all my life. Cardiff has a great balance of affordability, opportunities and culture, and its so easy to get out into the country too, so I just think its the perfect area to live. I currently live in Penarth and totally love it!
What’s your favourite part of what you do?
I think I really enjoy the freedom it gives me, I have a part time job and so am not a full time maker but I think I have the balance right. Also I love to create items to be sold to customers, I get a real buzz out of making a bespoke product for someone or getting some awesome feedback from a buyer on Etsy. It makes it all seem worthwhile. I also love selling to international customers as I love the thought of my products travelling the world!
What’s your favourite item to make?
Really hard question! I make what I feel like making and I tend to work on all my product lines in rotation so I’ve never had a favourite! I do love to make recycled map notebooks (as is clear from the huge number of them on sale at the moment!) I like it because I am able to work in a very efficient way, and complete them all in stages, I just really enjoy the process of picking the map from my giant collection, cutting it, and folding the papers for binding.
What inspires you?
I love recycling and I would say at the moment that my main source of inspiration is looking at ways to integrate my recycling practices into my work. Most recently I have made pincushions make from %100 recycled stuffing and fabric remnants, which will be on sale at the Tramshed!
What was your proudest moment?
Having my most successful Xmas season last year, lets hope I can top it this year!
If you could pass any law what would it be?
Make it compulsory for all adults to vote!
If you won a million pounds what would you do?
Buy a house, live mortgage free! and then give the rest to charity.