Hello and thank you for taking the time to read about my business.
I am a creative knitwear designer based in Central London, with over a decade’s worth of industry experience. I specialise in creative, experimental, fully fashioned knitwear and pride myself on high-quality finishing.
I have been self-employed for five years now. The majority of my work comes from freelance projects for high-end design houses, trade shows and exhibitions. I also do visiting lecture work at various universities. I previously worked for fashion house Julien MacDonald for five years, working on one-off pieces for catwalk, celebrities and private clients.
As a freelancer you have to constantly adapt and have multiple revenue streams. I was due to launch a series of machine knitting workshops from April 2020 onward, aimed at beginner and intermediate machine knitters.
I am also in the process of designing and making my first collection which I was planning on launching in September 2020.
Due to Covid-19 multiple shows I was due to work on have been cancelled, Universities have been closed which has meant visiting lecturer days have been cancelled and projects have been cut drastically, which has all added up to a significant loss of income over the last few months, and is set to continue for the immediate future.
I have had to postpone the launch of the workshops I was set to start, with no real idea of when I will be able to run them because of the lock-down measures that are currently in place.
Due to the loss of earnings that have come about because of Covid-19 I will also have to delay the launch of my collection as I won’t be able to finance the collection.
The Pay It Forward Crowdfunding Initiative offers me the opportunity to raise funds and recoup some of my losses, helping me to keep my business afloat at this tricky time.
How you can help
I’m offering vouchers towards group and private machine knitting workshops that I will run once lock-down is over.
Workshops will be hands on, and taught in a relaxed environment through demonstrations by myself.
All yarns, tools, materials and handouts will be supplied for the workshops and you will be able to take away finished samples at the end of the day.
Vouchers can be bought and redeemed against the following workshops:
Beginner Basics (£100 - day group workshop)
Intermediate Ladders and Lace (£100 - day group workshop)
Intermediate Knitting with Beads (£110 - day group workshop)
Intermediate 3D Knit Structures (£100 - day group workshop)
Intermediate Experimental Weaving-In (£100 - day group workshop)
Intermediate Construction and trims (£100 - day group workshop)
Intermediate Fully Fashioning the basics (£100 - day group workshop)
Intermediate Fully Fashioned Garment from Scratch (£300-500 - 3-5 days group workshop)
Private Workshop (£250 full day)
Workshops will take place at my Central London studio which is located at Cockpit Arts Studios, Holborn.
There is also the option to buy clothing vouchers which can be redeemed against my upcoming Spring/Summer 21 and Autumn/Winter 21 collections.
All clothing is made to size and made to order for that personal touch and to keep wastage to a minimum.
There is also the option to make a donation to my Crowdfunder rather than pledge for a workshop or clothing voucher.
If on a mobile, please scroll to the bottom of this page to view the rewards or click the ‘rewards’ tab at the top of the page.
If you are able to show your support it will be a huge help in keeping my business up and running over the coming months.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my page and showing me some support. It means a lot and it will go a long way.
It would be amazing if you can support me with a pledge or donation – if you buy a voucher then I look forward to seeing you at a workshop soon.
If you aren’t in a position to be able to make a pledge or donation then I would be so grateful if you would be able to spread the word by sharing this campaign with your friends and family.
Please also connect with me on social media to help spread the love.
Thank you and stay safe.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for millions of British small businesses, which is going to make it very challenging for businesses to survive. Together we can help them.
Crowdfunder are offering up their platform to allow all UK small businesses to pre-sell their meals, events, hotel bookings etc. for cash now on a promise to redeem these at a later date.