Chinelo Bally, who is one of the lovely lady’s in The Great British Sewing Bee has kindly given this interview to become this months Featured Artist. Read on to find out more about her and her work.
I discovered her work thanks to The Sewing Bee on BBC 2. I loved how she was making her own patterns to her own designs. For those of you who haven’t yet found Chinelo, here is a little more about her an her work.
Who you are:
Chinelo: I am a passionate lady who believes in going for her dream and making it reality.
Where you are (which country you are based in)?
Chinelo: I live in Essex in the UK
What you do:
Chinelo: I am currently setting up my bespoke fashion label “Olivia Kabani” I am currently taking orders for bespoke garment and also working on my website.
What got you started in your creative journey?
Chinelo: I have always Loved fashion and I have always been interested in putting my own signature on clothes. Like you I was never fully satisfied with shop bought clothes so I decided to get a sewing machine and started learning.
What inspires you:
Chinelo: I draw inspiration from any and everything, I love colours, texture, shapes, so I’m constantly being drawn to the unique beauty of something. I have designed a dress that was inspired by red velvet cake; the rich red against the cream and the velvet name given to the cake just made me imagine this dress.
If money, time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?
Chinelo: I would love to have a boutique where people come to buy my ready made lines and also have bespoke garments made, but not solely for major occasions.
What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?
Chinelo: What I love most about my creative work is the fact that I can see a fabric and transform the 2d cloth into an amazing garment. When I were, or when I see someone wear something I have made, it just fills me with so much fulfilment. I have a strong support network in my family and friends, they all know and support my future plans, emotionally mentally and physically.
To find out more about Chinelo and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below.
Thanks to Chinelo Bally for being our Featured Artist of the Month for April 2014
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon