Today we are happy to welcome another fairy tale fair newbie, Ribbon Real:
Tell us/ remind us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
I’m Lynn Watt and I run Ribbonreal – home of beautiful hand made vintage kimono silk homewares and accessories.
I make fabulous kimono cushions in hand painted and embroidered silks, but I make lots of other pretty things besides ; )
I come from a Fashion and Design background and have a passion for all things vintage and Japanese.
How long have you been making your craft items?
I have been making kimono crafts for 4 years now – wow – time flies when you’re having fun! I needed to find an outlet for my creative self after giving up my job as an Art Director on a lifestyle magazine to become a full time mother of twins.
Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?
This is a bit tricky as each of my cushions is a complete one off but I know that red cushions with either cranes or cherry blossoms always go from my shop really quickly and my geometric pattern cushions are very popular and on trend right now! Also, at fairs I sell kimono hairbands and these always sell like hot cakes!
What do you enjoy most about your craft?
I’ve always been inspired by the orient especially having lived so close to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion, and one day I just stumbled upon my kimono man-in-Japan on the internet! I was hooked on collecting kimono fabric from that day and I admit I’m a bit of a hoarder now! I am addicted! But I couldn’t believe how sad it was that kimonos were being un picked and sold off in strips. It’s amazing the art and craftsmanship that has gone into each kimono. So I wanted to make something out of the silk that could be equally special and beautiful and handed down for years to come. Each silk is so unique and special and it is such a beautiful medium to work with. I am so lucky going to my studio everyday to work with such beautiful cloth.
Will you have some special Spring time Easter creations for sale?
I have lots of gorgeous seasonal cushions featuring butterflies, birds and florals. I also make flower soaps inspired by my love of the orient and I have made a very special little vintage bunny who will be carrying a kimono silk carrot! Nom nom.
Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
I try to get out there as much as I can as my products are so tactile! I am a regular at Pop Up Vintage in Hassocks and am stocked at Brigden & Bayliss in Lewes aswell as the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne.
What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
I am always inventing new ways with silk and my mind is always wandering and creating new things. Next on my list is to design my own fabric inspired by the amazing patterns I have discovered in kimono silks. But I need more spare time for this to happen!
Describe what Easter means to you in 5 words or less:
Springtime, birth, joy and happiness!
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