Makers Corner: Samantha Hine

In our Makers Corner today, we share top tips and sustainability methods by Samantha Hine of The Vintage Letter Lady. Read on!

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How are your products sustainable?

All board games and card games I use are incomplete, missing pieces, ripped, torn, the board itself is broken and, so I take all the lovely parts and reuse them to make a piece of art for people’s homes. On some of the board you might see tea stains or pen marks,  but I feel this shows it has been loved and played with and now it has a new life. I love to reuse, remake and remove old things.

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After a long day designing, making, and juggling life, what do you do to switch off and relax?

Well my job is being a mummy. I used to work in the fashion industry, but when my twins came along it just wasn’t workable to do both. My little business is my release. Its my bit of me, when I am no longer mummy and can be Sam again.

I do struggle to ensure I spend enough time on my business while looking after the three boys, especially now no one naps! But for two morning a week, they are all in nursery. It’s amazing how much you can get done in 2.5hrs!! Plus I have a very supportive husband.

What is your top seasonal prep tip as a maker?

Try and enjoy it. Time goes so fast and sometimes you don’t get to enjoy the run up to the shows/events because we are so wrapped up in ensuring we have enough stock. Sometimes, everyone needs to stop and look at how much they have achieved.

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Can you impart a quote or words of wisdom to inspire?

Ha ha I love a quote! But my favourite is;

“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly” Lauren Bacall.

I actually did a letterpress workshop a few years ago and decided to create this as my piece which is now on our wall in the kitchen so we see it everyday as inspiration.

Find Samantha and her amazing upcycled vintage board games on 4 May at The Beehive Pub (http://beehiven17.com/), Stoneleigh Road, N17 9BQ at our May Makers Market.

www.thevintageletterlady.com

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Makers Corner: Takako and Maurya

Our Makers Corner today features the lovely Takako and Maurya of Tamakurya Boutique whose interests lie in sustainable living, and are the founders of a forward thinking business partnership that fuses African textiles with ancient Japanese traditions and practices.
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Hello! Please can you introduce yourselves?

We, Takako & Maurya, are craft-loving mums who create beautiful objects and tools that are not impactful on the environment.
We produce Furoshiki — sustainable and reusable eco-wraps—from Ankara fabric and teach people how to utilise them as an alternative to single-use materials.
Tamakurya Boutique run workshops where we give an insight into this 2000 year-old Japanese practice of fabric wrapping and its history and development.
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Please can you share your processes?

A Furoshiki is a single square piece of cloth which, when folded in ways that we teach,  becomes a functional and adaptable tool for wrapping, carrying and storing a wide-variety of objects; from delicate glass bottles and gifts, to books and larger household objects. Furoshiki are reusable and an eco-friendly alternative to gift-wrapping paper or other disposable materials, which are often not recyclable and disposed of in landfill or by incineration. Furoshiki wrapping is a multi-purpose and useful way we can adapt our modern needs without lasting damage to our precious planet and the habitats dependent upon it.

What else do you make?

We also produce a variety of hand-made products including hairbands, ties and garments made by re-using vintage kimono fabric which are all available from out Etsy shop and regular markets around London.

Join us at The Beehive Pub on 4 May 2019 for our exciting May Makers Market – eek!!!