INSIGHT : 1
Hello this is something new! I’m calling it Insight: it’s a monthly review sharing the work I do behind oB : updating you on anything new : sharing what I’ve been up to : showing what’s been inspiring and reflecting on the process and journey of making clothes.
If you’re not sure who I am, I’m Milly the clothing maker behind oB. I ventured down this path about 2 years ago when I was in Cornwall. I follow the whole process of creating clothes from designing to cutting to constructing each individual piece.
My perspective as a maker is that I want to create considered, well made objects and clothes that you can see enjoying for years to come.
Introducing ‘ORGANIC COPPER’ a limited run of cloth now available for made to order garments!
Produced by UK ethical cloth makers Bysshe Partnership, it’s a cross weave of European grown organic cotton and linen fibres all woven together in the UK. From a distance it looks like black but as you get closer you can spot these vibrant flecks of copper linen shining through.
There was only a small batch of this cloth made and it won’t be woven again, making it super special so if you like it get in quick!
I’m currently in conversation with : Theo Wang, independent and very skilled hand letterpress printer at Print & Ephemera on creating new bespoke ephemera for ob on his traditional letter press...
MEET ME IN THE COWSHED AT COURTHOUSE FARM IN PORTISHEAD !
Set within it’s newly planted gardens and grounds myself, Ollie and Lucy from Ottowin will be joining the weekend of creative workshops, makers, artisans, vintage, talks, pop up clothes swap and mending station. We will be there with our own ethical wares for sale as well as hosting a Q&A about our works and processes on the Sunday - come say hello!
I’m currently reading :
Barbara Hepworth - Sculptress - Early works. I came across this sweet little book at a flea market, I really enjoyed discovering what Hepworth produced in her early sculpting days. The book talks about appreciating ‘static over dynamic forms’, creating non distinguishing simple mass and monumental subject rather than the dramatic. Hepworth has always played with tension in the latent forces.
It made me think how I have been working very much with dynamic forms in the garments I make and wondering if there are ways I can create garments with more of that static and balancing tension quality...
I started working on a new garment called ‘IN ONE PIECE TOP’ a one piece zero waste pattern which embraces the negative shapes in the design, an irregular shaped neckline facing and using the left over neckline holes to piece together to create little cloth bowls...coming soon.
June inspiration :
I’ve been building an urban garden (after watching lots of Spring Watch) trying to bring some wildlife to the yard at Estate of the Arts studios - for those who have visited know it’s in a fairly industrial area! It’s been lovely to sit and tend to it in between sewing breaks! I’ve had visiting pigeons and bees!