Within my fabric collection I have a small selection of hand-printed fabrics from the marvellous Sarah Waterhouse. The only problem is that I love the fabric so much I cannot bear to cut into it, unless I am absolutely sure I am going to be making something that will turn out fabulous first time.
I came across Sarah via a crowdfunder project aimed at helping her expand her business. And I am pleased to say that she achieved her finance objectives and ever since then has seemingly gone from strength to strength.
Based in the aptly named Persistence Works in Sheffield, Sarah produces her stylishly hand-printed range on a range of eco-friendly and sustainable fabrics. They have a wonderful organic feel to them, not so much in the pure technical term, but the texture seems to tell a bigger story about where they came from. (Much as I like buying fabric online, I have to get a regular fix of actually touching fabrics as it can be this which is often the deciding factor in a purchase.)
Designer-maker success stories like Sarah’s make me believe that perhaps we are at last turning back to the idea that investing in something original and made to last is much more satisfying than the disposable consumer culture we are constantly steamrollered by. This in its turn will help to retain our craft and skills heritage, enabling a wider choice of careers for all.
If you would like to buy some of Sarah’s fabric or possibly sign up for one of her screenprinting classes, visit www.sarahwaterhouse.co.uk