As a designer, I am always over the moon to see my work on the shelves but pretty much zoomed around the moon when I was approached to work on designs for Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men.
I am a huge Museum of London
fan, to many a Londoner it’s a hidden gem and the shop
is the icing on the gem (I was thinking of Iced Gems).
As a designer, I am always over the moon to see my work on the shelves but pretty much zoomed around the moon when I was approached to work on designs for Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men
. I realise that to most people the idea of working on a project that involved skeletons, body parts and melancholy real life stories would make their stomach turn but, what can I say, it was possibly the most exciting project I will ever get (Mary Portas didn’t call me ‘completely bonkers’ for nothing I guess).
My brief was to come up with designs that were sensitive to the subject matter, fluid and delicate, to name a few criteria and if I’d seen the exhibition first I would have been creatively frozen and haunted to the point of illustrators block.
I am embroidery artist and always take straight to my sewing machine – I use the needle as my pencil. It’s a risky way of working but I love it. The subject matter was actually perfect for the way that I work, sewing from neck bone to shoulder bone and really loving the rib cage, not enjoying the skull so much because it is the hardest part to get right.
The product range includes tea towels, hand soap, skeletape, leather hand-bags and unique pieces, including the skull cushions that are real works of art and could never be reproduced and the ‘skeleton in the closet’ lavender bags, filled with locally sourced organic lavender.
If you haven’t visited the shop then I urge you to, it’s one of the best museum shops I’ve come across!