How would you describe Paper Dolls Have Sherbet Dreams?
I would describe the collection as a series of garments fit to dress the average girl-superhero! A blur of ruffles, lightening bolts, spots, and hearts, 'Paper Dolls Have Sherbet Dreams' is a candy-coloured extravaganza from start to finish.
How did it all come about?
When I was 17 I did a musical with a kooky girl who told me that one night she "snorted so much Wizz Fizz sherbet, that after a while everybody started to look like paper dolls". The anecdote had a lasting effect on me - laying dormant in my mind until September last year when I found myself looking through Mel Stringers paper-doll-print-outs. All pastel, cute, and whimsical, the paper dolls made me think of my musical friend's story, and how strange it would be to wander around in a world completely comprised of Mel's pastel hued, paper characters...and how i wanted to make it happen for real! The next step was sending Mel an email, asking her if she would be interested in working with me to develop a collection based on her art. Delightfully she said 'yes!' and the ball started rolling from there. I designed the collection whilst on the road in America over the Christmas holidays. Whilst traveling, I took the time to really study Mel's work and allow myself to find little parts of her style in the some of the places I visited - from the pastel houses in San Fran to the overalls girls wore to school in Cuba. Upon arriving home I was filled with inspiration, and set straight to work to bring the designs to life!
What fabrics and materials did you use?
A number of fabrics used in the collection are patterned silks and taffeta's that I sourced whilst holidaying in New York city. Other fabrics in the collection are cotton-based, many of which I hand painted or embroidered to better embody the unique Mel Stringer style.
Do you think you'll continue to collaborate with other artists in the future?
Yes indeed! I have enjoyed the process so much that I am totally itching to do it again. I already have some ideas up my sleeve...
How do you feel now that the collection is finally completed and out there for everyone to see?
It's totally exciting! Whilst there are always the initial jitters of what the public response is going to be, I am personally so chuffed with how it has all come together, and thrilled that Mel Stringer is happy with it too!
When and where can we get our mitts on your lovely designs?
These pieces should be heading into Princess Polly stores over the next few weeks! So keep your eyes peeled!