We thought it was about time to introduce you to the makers behind our fabulous handmade goodies in-store…so, in the next of our Meet the Makers of OHC specials, please say hello to Claudia of Kitsch-ina…
How did you become a designer/maker?
My good friend Pesky Chloe had a metre of fabric made from one of her own designs, we decided to make a pinny with it. That in turn reminded my that my mum always wore an apron or a pinny when I was little. I started to sew and eventually came up with a design that is retro and stylish that people seem to love!
How did you choose your business name and what’s the meaning behind it?
My Italian heritage inspired my choice of business name, cucina being the Italian for kitchen and kitsch because of the styling so Kitsch-ina was the perfect choice. I’ve been making since 2010.
Do you run your business full time or balance another job as well?
I’m doubly blessed as I get to buy fabulous fabrics and make something I love and I also work part time in a library in Batley School of Art, surrounded by shelves of inspiring books on fashion, print, textiles and design.
How do you find time to fit it all in and keep that balance?
I’m really lucky on the days I’m not at work in the library I’m able to sew at home. I have a sewing room with my over-locker and sewing machine with all my fabrics close at hand.
What’s your favourite thing about running your business?
I studied art and design at college when I was younger, after getting married and becoming a mum I needed an outlet for my creativity and re found it in sewing, that in turn enables me to fill a need I have to work with fabrics and to make something beautiful! The fact I get to sell these items through Our Handmade Collective is the icing on my cake!
Of all the things you’ve ever made, which has been your favourite?
It’s very hard to pick a favourite as I’m constantly inspired by the prints I find. I’ve always had a soft spot for border fabrics I used to have a skirt in my teens that was an Art Deco style print so this Lamplighters print is definitely in my top 10!
Describe your business in three words
Retro; Stylish; Loved
Your pinnies brighten up our day as soon as we walk into the shop Claudia! Thanks so much for dropping by and telling us your story. You can find the Kitsch-ina collection in store now.
See you at the shop x