Monday, June 14, 2010

Meet the stallholders: 60 seconds with....Faith from Something Fabulous by Faith

Say hello to Faith Barber from North London, who designs and makes unique and limited edition clothes and accessories including capes, shrugs, corsets, corsages, fascinators and bags. They are all made from luxury fabrics in a rainbow of beautiful colours. She also takes on bespoke designs, from the smallest corsage, to the biggest ballgown and, as she says, "everything in between."

Faith made her entire outfit (except the sparkler)

1. Hi Faith, tell us how you got started...
I've been an artist and designer at heart since I was young thing, and being a grown up hasn't changed me. I've only been earning money from my creativity since 2002, before then everything I did was for fun - a gift or as a favour to a friend (I first had a hand in making a wedding dress when I was 17). I have tried doing a 'proper job' at various times in my life but I decided that both my head and my heart had to be working together for me to really succeed in life. This is my first public event selling my clothes and accessories.

Treat yourself (and your man) to a handmade corset 

2. What inspires you?
Beauty, Individuality, Confidence, Happiness and Freedom; it can be something as simple as wild flowers growing in the cracks of the pavement or someone walking down the street with a smile and a swing in their step that triggers an idea in my mind. To be able to feel confident in one's appearance is really liberating and I love it when my creations assist someone to achieve that. I love things to feel good as well as look good which is why I mostly favour natural fabrics, and I'm a sucker when it comes to sparkle and things that change colour when they move!

Faith's dresses make you look and feel fabulous

3. Why did you want to be part of "It's darling!"?
I think it's important to be in the right place to get the right customers and 'It's darling' struck me as the kind of event I'd want to visit, so why not get involved with my own work?

Handmade corsages

4. What's your piece of "three second wisdom" - life or crafting advice!
To quote a favourite song: "No challenge should be faced without a little charm and a lot of style"

5. What three things would you want to be stranded on a desert island with?
A fat sketchbook, full pencil case and a sharp pocket knife because who knows what will need to drawn, written down or indeed cut or sharpened? I'm assuming that my Husband is also ending up on the same desert island with 3 things of his own....

A handmade bag
6. What in your life would you say is "It's darling!" and can we have a picture?
Sharing tea and cake with my friends after having had a productive baking session. Bliss! Here's a photo of a cake I made.

If we're really nice, maybe Faith will bring one of these to "It's darling!"on July 17th

To find out more about Faith's incredible work go to twitter: @faithbarber

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