A shop of our very own!

Iris and Dora Pop-up shop
Iris and Dora Pop-up shop

Iris and Dora Designs is taking over the OSA pop-up shop for the week, in support of Autism Guernsey. We’re getting installed tonight (Sunday), we are exhausted, but we’re pretty pleased with ourselves too and hope we can manage to get some people through the door.

So, far we have learned:
1. The radio is ace! We were on BBC Radio Guernsey last Monday to promote the shop. It was a bit of a last-minute thing, but we ended up having quite a rambling talk for an hour. We’d encourage anyone with a fledging business like ours or an interesting creative sideline to approach the radio as it’s free publicity and apparently people do listen (we weren’t convinced anyone was listening but it turned out our printer was and was rather alarmed at the deadlines we were promising). It’s not intimidating at all, but for less chatty types, you could always join forces with others and descend en mass – we took Andy from Autism Guernsey with us and found the experience enjoyable.
2. Make connections. So we do feel this pop-up is a great opportunity to showcase Iris and Dora, but the experience has been all the better for joining forces with two other creative types (in addition to Autism Guernsey, who invited us to run the shop with them). Warren Hall, a sailmaker with a workshop in St Peter Port, is working with us on a range of bags made our of upcycled sails, which we are launching this week. The lampshade below is part of the range inspired by the Serendipity sail. The sail has been around the world twice so is guaranteed to hold quite a bit of hedge veg for years to come! Daniela of Rustique Guernsey revamps used furniture. Another  upcycling devotee! She has loaned us some of her beautiful pieces for the shop. They are also for sale and she, too, will be donating 15% of profits to Autism Guernsey.
3. Time your shop opening with the Christmas lights going up on Smith Street. Just kidding. We had no idea, but it does make the street look very festive.
shop window, smith street
shop window, smith street
1 week only, pop up shop
1 week only, pop up shop

Oh for a mum who can sew cushions!

At a recent workshop several of our students printed lovely cushion panels that they were going to ask their mums to sew up. Well, this week that’s pretty much the story at Iris and Dora Designs!

A close up of the hedgerow cushion
A close up of the hedgerow cushion

My mum has been over from Mexico and my aunt (her twin) from Liverpool and we set them¬†to work… I think (hope?) they enjoyed themselves.

And here they are, putting a cushion together
And here they are, putting a cushion together

Here is a growing pile of cushions, most on very lovely linen we’ve recently sourced from Ireland, some on organic cotton that we hand-dyed. Thanks mum and Auntie Jean!

A growing pile of hedgerow cushions.
A growing pile of hedgerow cushions.
cobo cushion
Cobo cushion on hand-dyed cotton

 

And by the way, asking them to make cushions was a bit like asking Stephen Hawking to help with the GCSE science homework. Here’s what they normally do:

Patchwork landscape made by my mum
Patchwork landscape made by my mum