Meet the Spring Fair stallholders...a quick cuppa with Ruth Oliver from Once I Was
Hello! Please tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Ruth Oliver and I live on the outskirts of Salisbury, Wiltshire and my business is called "Once I Was." I create fashion accessories using reclaimed materials and recycled fabrics. Way-past-their-wear-by-date leather jackets; tablecloths and party frocks are all transformed into beautiful bags, pretty purses and much more!
When and why did you start doing this?
I have been designing, making and doing since I was little and have my fingers in various crafty "pies", but Once I Was was established in 2009 after doing some work with Oxfam. I was inspired to set-up in order fufil my need to create and make! Once I Was fits around my other job as a designer-maker at Vivien Sheriff Millinery.
One of Ruth's new designs
Where do you get your ideas/inspiration from?
I like to play around with shapes and work on patterns when starting new designs looking through my collection of haberdashery and fabric finds. I also do a lot of daydreaming when on my bike!
Look for this logo on 26th March
Why did you want to be part of the "It's darling!" Spring Fair?
When I read about "It's Darling!" on a blog and looked into what type of fair it was, it seemed to be the perfect event to showcase my work. As I work with reclaimed and recycled clothing I feel this fits into both the Vintage and Handmade aspects of the show. I also want to reach a audience that is excited by unique and handcrafted items.
Could be yours...
Are you doing anything special with your stall?
There will be a Once I Was "Pick'n'Mix" where I will be offering a selection of items for a special price and I will be showing new bags and other goodies.
Another new design by Ruth
Please finish this sentence: What I love most about Spring is....
...riding on the Swanage Railway with Mr and Master Oliver. The ultimate vintage travel treat!
A snap from Swanage Railway
Please finish this sentence too: What I need to buy most in Spring is....
...wide leg trousers and new brogues, a wicker basket and my 30th (eek!) birthday tea party ingredients!