Reetsweet: Sophie, how did Imogen's Imagination start out?
Imogen's Imagination is the result of desire...albeit my desire to have a new hat to wear to every burlesque night I attended and not having the funds to do so! I started the label in 2005 and within weeks I was stocking the alternative shop Ultravixen (coincidentally the founder of Peek-a-boo, the first burlesque night in Sheffield). I was also privileged to be featured in Total Tattoo Magazine as part of an Ultravixen fashion spread with the delightful Kitten von Mew as the resident pin-up. In September 2008 I re-launched Imogen's Imagination with vigour and now present to you the much expanded business you now see. Whilst the original ideas originated with burlesque roots, it now aims to offer bespoke headwear to meet a much broader client base and to suit all occasions. Imogen’s Imagination has now developed into a brand which provides everything from smaller hair accessories to a brand new collection of hand blocked vintage style hats which are totally on trend for Autumn/Winter 2010.
How do you continue to be inspired?
Inspiration is vital for fuelling imagination and I find it in many guises. Be it vintage millinery, current fashion trends, the glitz of burlesque or something as simple as finding a new flower from a supplier, these references all influence my designs. I love anything that can be worn at a jaunty angle thus filling the wearer with increased inner confidence and a sense of downright gorgeousness. Sometimes though, the inspiration is the client. When Katy of Serendipity Photography commissioned her red felt trilby for her personal photography project, it seemed natural to source a strawberry print lining to compliment her red strawberry logo. The lining fabric was provided by Sarah Waterhouse a Sheffield based designer who prints her designs by hand and Katy was thrilled with the results. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=434224&id=215477190200&page=2 My inspiration for the Autumn/Winter 2010 collection was very simply the things I love in the world most apart from anything sparkly…animal print, fur and 50’s themes. Luckily these were also the key themes which ran throughout the international fashion shows earlier in the year. I have taken these elements and given them my own very wearable, desirable and down right strokable twist. If youd like a sneaky peek, you can find them here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=495962&id=83326905523 http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=495313&id=83326905523
How did you get involved with Reetsweet?
My involvement with Reetsweet came about by a chance meeting with Rebecca at the Marvellous Tea Dance at the Faversham earlier in the year. I was very honoured to be invited as a stallholder at the next Reetsweet event and I’m really looking forward to it!
Reetsweet would like to thank Sophie for her interview....you can see Sophie's work at the fair in the corn exchange on Nov 7th
It was once said that you should not keep things in your home that you do not consider neither beautiful nor useful...there is nothing like that here at reetsweet: you will find pretty things that you can enjoy everyday!...Introducing another stallholder: Lilidrawspictures...
Lilidrawspictures' crafts are all stunningly pretty and incredibly useful, they belong in any girls' home. Kay Guccione who owns and runs Lilidrawspictures, designs and makes original mod-ish clothing, super-strong book bags, brooches, clutch purses and notebooks all upcycled from waste fabric, old paper/card, vintage buttons, unloved ribbon, thrown away tape measures...Ed, her husband, is the website wunderkind and they live in Sheffield, Steel City.
'Lilidrawspictures' will be appearing at reetsweet on Nov 7th at the corn exchange in Leeds....
We have been very busy here typing, printing, emailing, sending carrier pidgeons and drinking tea, tea and more tea...and we were delighted to get an email today saying that our event has been featured by the lovely people at CREATIVE BOOM in their news section:
Don't they look lovely? And we are super happy to have been featured! CREATIVE BOOM are an online magazine and network community that aims to celebrate, inspire and support the creative industries throughout the UK and the rest of the world - so get involved!
What was the inspiration behind your craft?
Reetsweet Craft Event is on 11am-4pm, at leeds Corn Exchange sunday nov 7th! x
We have a few more confirmed exhibitors to post tomorrow - keep watching!
Any suggestions for the soundtrack for the fair? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before I hit the hay I wanted to share this image from Charley @ Charley Dreams (geddit?) who will be appearing at reetsweet's event at the corn exchange nov 7th...
I will be interviewing Charley very soon for the blog about her handmade products but meanwhile....just enjoy this picture of some of her work! It just makes me smile. Sleep tight!
What inspires you?
It's impossible not to be inspired by other designers or illustrators, there's so much fantastic work out there! I love buying prints and get to see loads of other people's work, so it's hard not to get too inspired! I also love the fact that I print my own work, if I have an idea I can print it out immediately and road test it! It helps keep things fresh.
Dig The Earth will be appearing at reetsweet on Nov 7th @ the corn exchange...
A quick update on some more confirmed stallholders for our event in November - reetsweet proudly introduces Kev from 'Digtheearth' and Holly from 'HollyDazes' to our team of exhibitors at The Corn Exchange on nov 7th 2010...
We will be posting some of their work so keep checking back!
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From 11-4pm on the main balcony we will be showcasing the best of Leeds' art and design talent including photography, printmaking, accessories and all manner of wonderment!
Only the very best of local work will be on show, entry is free, so come along! If there are any artists and crafters out there who would like to take part then please email me at: email@example.com.
I will keep you updated as we confirm further details!
See you there!