Welcome to a very special Blogger Monday. Today we’ve asked Scottish lifestyle designer, Amy McGregor, to share a typical day from her busy diary, exclusively with us. Here’s a glimpse into just what it takes to run a successful growing lifestyle brand from the designer herself:
8.30am My alarm goes off and I roll out of bed and have a shower. Like most people I am still half asleep! I get dressed into my studio clothes and ready to face the day. While I’m checking for any important emails and orders, I have my breakfast including a big cup of tea. I am delighted today as I have an early order; two floral and bird cushions!
I have already got one cushion made but need to make the other one so that’s my priority this morning. I go to my studio where I have everything I need - print equipment, screens, pigments, sewing machine etc. I can roll out of bed and head into the studio without traveling anywhere as it’s my converted garage! The floral and bird cushion is digitally printed which I source from Be Fab Be Creative ( luckily enough I have that 1 left – need to remember to order more). It takes me about 20mins to sew and overlock the cushion and without fail I always seem to stab myself with a pin! The cushions are now packed and labelled, only one thing left to do… send it!
Now I’m off to send the parcel and head into a local school. Once a week I volunteer as a classroom assistant in the Art and Design Department there. It’s a great way for me to unwind from the business and also allows me to pass my knowledge of textiles and what I have experienced over the years on to pupils. I have a mix of classes -1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th years which is great experience for me. All the classes are different and I love helping them out. I am there from mid-morning to the afternoon.
After getting home from the school it’s time for a quick 5 minute break before I begin to do more work. I answer a few emails while drinking more tea and having some Maryland cookie biscuits – they are the best! I noticed yesterday I am running low on some of my eco friendly bag range so I think I’d better do some printing, I head into my studio to print some bags as it takes me an hour to do 6. I print those then I wash and dry the screen with a big heater. While I am doing this the bags are drying via hairdryer.
Once they have dried I repeat the whole process again but on the other side of the bags. Once they have been printed I need to iron the design so that the pigment is fixed permanently. This can take a while so I have my dinner first (quick munch and I’m back to work). I have decided to watch Hollyoaks while ironing my bags as ironing can be boring! Afterwards I need to stitch my labels onto each bag. It it doesn’t take long and then...job done!
After a very busy day, it’s nearly bed time me thinks. Before going to bed I order some more cushion covers and while I am ordering I check my emails for the final time and notice that I have a trade order from Orkney - great news! Guess what I will be doing tomorrow?! Yes you guessed it working on the order.
Thanks to Amy for sharing her day with us and we can’t wait to see her new designs which are due for release later this year. Amy McGregor is a name to watch and you can see her collection for Wear Eponymous here: http://www.weareponymous.com/collections/live-eponymous