Friday, August 14, 2009

Plush You! Interview with The Grateful Thread Ltd

Plush You! is an annual exhibit in October that showcases plush creations from artists all over the globe - there are 5 venues throughout Seattle participating in this years event. We are excited to be one of those venues!!

So to get everyone familiar we are posting interviews and doing special giveaways with participating Bluebottle Plush You! artists.

What is your name and where are you located?
We are married team Jamie Gigot-Worth and Nicolas Worth ( The Greateful Thread) and are based in east London, England.

Elvis Bestie

What are your favorite materials and why?
I love many types of materials. Fake fur is great fun, and I love any fabric with colorful, bold pattens. Fleece is also great because it's so cuddly soft and is great for hiding seams and hand stitching.

I'm a big found of found materials. That's kind of where our vinyl jewellery started from. I'm into the idea of finding cool uses for the stuff other people leave behind.

How long does it usually take for you to complete a piece?
Each piece usually goes through several phases. It's very rare that the first time I set out to do a piece I get it right the first time. I always start with a hand drawn sketch, and then redo the sketch in Illustrator to clean up the lines and create a pattern i can print out. From there I select the materials and get cracking on the sewing machine. Stuffing the softie is always one of the most exciting parts because suddenly you have the addition of 3d volume, but that's often when you find you made the ears too small, or the arms too skinny and go back to the drawing board. I have a collection of softie prototypes that are incredibly silly and crooked and only a maker could love.

It takes me a lot longer than it does my wife, that's for sure!


What are you excited about lately?
What I'm excited about lately is the arrival of our first baby in August yea!!

Another thing I've been excited is that our business The Grateful Thread is really starting to take off! We started a small company devoted to making rock n' roll themed softies for kids. We started with soft guitars and have expanded to included guitar baby rattles and soft toy monster musical bands. Things are progressing well and we are starting to sell our products to many boutiques and shops around Europe and North America. We have ideas for many more softie "bands". In fact, we have too many ideas than the time for at the moment!

Very excited about being a dad in a very short time!

Which super power would you prefer to have and why: the ability to fly or to be invisible?

Well, out of those 2 choices, I would have to say to fly. Being invisible wouldn't be much fun in my opinion, unless you are playing a ghost and startling people. No elderly people on stairs though! No, I prefer interaction. Being invisible would be much too lonely.
Flying on the other hand, whooweeeeee!

I think it's relatively easy to get experiences close to flying, so I'd have to say invisibility. Think of the fun you could have!

What's your dream project?
My dream project is to own a collective studio space devoted to the promotion of the local arts, have frequent events catering to all sorts of creative interests, and generally be a great place to lounge and chat.

One day, i would really like to buy an old motorcycle and turn it into a very cool bobber style custom bike, complete with whitewall tyres and taped exhausts!

Betsy Bones

What did you do last Saturday afternoon?
Well as its Saturday afternoon now, I am writing this!
But last Saturday I was actually out shopping for a few oversized tees to fit my awesome growing pregnant belly!

Last Saturday afternoon, I was studying! boring, I know, but as another string to my already multistringed bow, I'm finishing off my studies in architecture. Just a few months to go!

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