We’ve added a few more michael miller fabrics that are new in for 2014.
We hope you like them. We’ve added 8 plain cotton couture fabrics (Amethyst, Apple, Berry, Cherry, Crocus, Limeade, Magenta, Raspberry). Although calling them plain is really an injustice as they are so vibrant looking, plus we have two other fabrics which would be ideal for boys and girls – as one is pink (as shown on the left) and the other is blue.
To make room for all the new stock that’s winging it’s way to us, we’re giving the you the opportunity to bag yourself a bargain in our clearance department. Clothing, accessories, toys and fabric are all included.
Can this day get any better you may ask yourself? Well no. We hear on the grapevine that the cult tv series from the 1970s, The Clangers, is being resurrected and will be on our screens in 2015 thanks to CBBC. I can feel a batch of blue string soup being made. In the meantime, you can read all about it here.
We love Bora products. It’s official. They’re bright, colourful, and sometimes a wee bit cheeky. What’s more, all of the fabric is organic (hurrah!)
We’ve been lucky enough to catch up with Deborah who is the creator of all the Bora products, and she’s kindly agreed to be interviewed by us mere mortals here at Funky Kitsch.
So what’s the story behind Bora? How did it all start?
I’ve always loved to draw and paint. And when I had to choose a direction to go it was very clear: art school!
At the Willem de Kooning academy in Rotterdam I studied ‘illustration’. I got my degree in 2002 and became a freelance illustrator for children books for education publishers.
When I was pregnant of my second child I though it would be nice to design my own wallpaper and curtains. So found Spoonflower.com. It motivated me to learn how to make patterns. And that gave me so much joy that I haven’s stopped making patterns since then. Fabric brands and clothing brands saw them and ask me to design for them.
Besides designing I have a little webshop that sells the products I designed. And sometimes I do a illustrations for books, cards, etc. But most of my time is spent on the fabric design.
Scandinavian style is all the rage just now and Bora fits right in! Was that a deliberate choice, or a natural extension of your own taste?
I’ve always loved to use happy bright colors. And from the beginning of artschool the themes I loved most to draw where whimsical happy animals and children.
Because of the process how the fabrics are made I was forced to simplify my style. I’m limited to using only a few colors and not too many shades/ structure/ etc.
I must admit that I was not aware that my style fitted in the ‘Scandinavian style’. It was just how my style developed during years of drawing and designing.
What inspires you when you design your products?
Children give me the most inspiration. Most patterns I make are based on my interest, my life or just what I would like to have, wear, see, enjoy, etc.
Little and big moments can give great ideas! If it’s a cloudy sky, a day in the park, sorting out tools, baking a cake; it can all turn into a lovely image or pattern.
Do you strive to provide ethical and sustainable products to your costumers? If so, what drives your ethos, and how difficult (or easy!) is it to stay true to your beliefs?
That’s very important to me. The fabrics I design for Lillestoff are all organic and produced fairly. It gives me a great feeling selling it my own shop knowing that it’s a good product. When there is a choice I will always choose the most sustainable and environmently friendly version.
If products will harm people or the environment that will go against my philosophy of making children and adults happy with my designs.
What’s in store for Bora in the future? What are your plans?
As before I just love to draw and design; I’ll keep doing that with no special plans in mind. I’ll see what comes on my path But I can tell you that i’m working on new cards, posters and a new website. But I’m not in a hurry, because I’m pregnant of my 3rd child
What’s your favourite Bora product?
That’s a difficult one, I design so much that I have no idea what I like most haha!
But the things I like most are the designs that lay close to my life, because it’s about my interest or the interest of my own children. Those designs that come to me and just made for fun. Like the camping fabric design for example. Inspired by a weekend spent with my children camping .
What’s your favourite non-Bora product?
I love a lot of non-Bora products! You can see on my pinterest
For fabrics I’m fond of merino wool! It keeps the children warm on cold winter days. I also love old stuff; all thing enamel, teapots, blankets, kitchenware, lamps.
If you were on a desert island, which 3 items could you not live without?
First it would be my family of course But as you ask for items i would choose:
My computer to draw, my sewing machine to sew and my little 2 row accordion to make some music at a campfire
(I hope there will be electricity on that desert island
Thank you Deborah for taking the time to answer a few questions for us. We’re really grateful.
If you would like to see more of Bora’s products you can see them on our website.
What’s been happening at FKHQ then? We took the children camping to Worcester and had a most pleasing time sunning ourselves (not often I type those words), catching up with friends and having a brilliant all round time.
Here are the birthday girls blowing out some improvised candles.
Aren’t they cute?
The navy sun dress is one I made for Katherine and will be up on the website to order in the very near future.
We are already looking to autumn/winter 2013/14 and the emails are already landing with previews of new fabrics to order. The Scandinavians really do know how to brighten up the dark nights with their beautiful Nordic designs. Expect the unexpected, as usual.
In other news, we’re having a mid-season sale at the moment in both the fabric and funky stuff departments. Lots of lovely bargains to be had so go have a rummage. Stock is limited so be quick!
In the near future we are thinking of offering a gift wrapping service at no extra charge and welcome your thoughts on this. We are always open to suggestions and ideas and would love to see photos of our products that you have received and any anecdotes of products you have bought from us.
After the recent Royal Mail price increases we have taken the decision to stop using their services where possible and will be sending future orders out using a courier. This should not affect postage prices in the UK although we are still looking into international delivery prices.
And finally, here’s birthday girl Verity in her Bambi dress. I’m told from a reliable source (her mum) that she loves it. Rightly so too.
When I first saw these rainbow muslins it was love at first sight. Fun, bright, practical and with endless uses.
When I had my children I always had muslins around; for changing, as an insert for my cotton nappies, after bathing, as a burp cloth, wiping up sick/poo…you get the picture. I can say with hand on heart that they made my life so much easier.
Faye & Lou’s muslins are all of the above but in colours from the rainbow. Fun, groovy and great quality cotton that is not only pleasing to the eye, but will withstand wash after wash. What’s more they come in standard and extra large size. The larger size is brilliant for swaddling, as a blanket, as a cat net, as a sheet ad infinitum! I think after sliced bread these babies are the next best invention.
One of my regular customers in the shop commented on these saying she’d been using them for 11 months and the colours had not faded and they looked as good as new. She also mentioned that the cotton was fab quality and they will not lose their shape, unlike cheaper muslins.
So if you’re looking for a baby shower gift, an addition to your hospital bag or an essential bit of kit to add to your changing table, look no further.
The original size muslins come in packs of seven.
Size – 60 cm x 60 cm
Machine washable at 40c
The extra large muslins come in a range of boy and girl colours.
So once again I’m up to my armpits in paint. No, not literally. Nor am I doing my own version of tv’s Splash! sponsored by Dulux. I’m on the move again. I’ve taken one of the slightly larger units on the ground floor which will hopefully grab me more customers who will not be able to escape the pull of my lovely stuff calling to them. The keen amongst you good folk will remember that it was only last November that I first settled into the original unit on the first floor, which was also lovingly decorated with my subtle touch of ‘poke your eye out pink’ ™.
Ok first up on the news front is we have some new suppliers. Yippee! Welcome aboard the good ship FK to Twisted Tee, Tee and Toast and Moomins. Each working day feels more and more like I’m off to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party which is good, as that forms part of my company mission statement. All shiny precious things will be with us by end of January at the latest and I will be putting them on the website as they land.
Already landed, unpacked, swooned over and kissed, are these marvellous mono print jersey fabrics from Lillestoff. All are GOTS certified which is something we have come to expect from our fabulous supplier. It is now on the website to buy-as-quick-as-you-can and is available from £5.49. Colours available of red, blue and green. Very versatile, hard wearing and easy to care for.
On a final note, the Moomins are coming! In their droves. Also with us by the end of January. There will be a fantastic selection of household goodies with their adorable faces on them.
We’d like to say a happy new year to all of our fabulous customers and a hello, bienvenue, wellkommen and bonjour to our new customers *big wave*
Keeping you in the loop of what has been happening at FKHQ, we’re moving units at Traders Outlet in Sale. We’ve already outgrown the one we have (after only 7 weeks!) so we’re putting castors on everything and settling in to our new place in the new year. There’s also going to be a huge overhaul of the website with more stock being added so that more will be available to buy online as well as offline in the physical store.
We’ll also be asking you, dear reader, to send in any suggestions of things you would like to see in the shop and in particular, what items you would like tos see being made up out of our funky fabrics.
Of course it goes without saying that New Year brings new stock and boy, we have some corkers for you. Lots of Swedish organic fabrics that are either GOTS or OEKOTEX certified. Many of you will be thrilled to learn that the Summer fabric from Znok will be featuring and we will be taking pre-orders on this as there were many disappointed customers when we ran out of it. It will be landing during January and will be availabe in half metres as well as fully metres. £9.95 and £19.89 respectively. You may also love to know that this time it’s organic. Woop! Drop me an email if you would like to reserve this fabric as it sells out FAST!
There have been many highlights this year business wise and we’re looking forward to expanding even further in 2013. Of course we couldn’t do it without you guys out there. On that note, we’d like to wish a very happy new year to you and yours.