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Meet the Team: Tatty Devine

We had a good chinwag with the Tatty Devine team in the run up our summer exhibition Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine opening at the Lethaby Gallery.

From graphic designer to lead jewellery maker, we talk about life in the creative office andhad them choose their iconic jewellery picks...

 

ELLIE - Graphic Designer

Crafts Council: Tell us a bit about you and your role at Tatty Devine...

Well, I am the Graphic Designer and token goth here at Tatty Devine. I work on all imagery within the company, both online and print… model shots, postcards, Name Necklace forms, cheeky gifs, emails: I did ‘em all!

CC: What creative/professional journey brought you to become a member of the Tatty Devine team? 

I've always been a creative creature, studying art and design as far as I could through school, followed by university to study Fashion Design. I then worked as an embroiderer for 3 years; whipping up the most amazing pieces: think heavily embroidered underpants for everyone’s favourite Rock DJ… (hint, hint!) and also any freelance projects I really wanted to get under my Fendi belt. It was when I was in the middle of creating some digital assets for Freak Meowt Catnip that I realised that my real passion was in Graphic Design! So, when the chance to join Team Tatty came up, I jumped at the chance to join my favourite brand… It was meant to be!

CC: What inspires you and your work?

A little bit of everything: from film to tv, vintage packaging, brands and music I love! On a daily basis, this could include The Mighty Boosh, Christopher Kane, Muse, an amazing piece from our 5,000 piece archive I’ve never seen before… Inspiration is all around us, you just have to figure out what works for you!

CC: Could you offer your best advice for creatives looking to start their career or move up to the next stage?

Oof, this is a really hard one. I think that you really need to understand your strengths and know what you enjoy doing. Learn, practice and play! The creative industry can be tough, but nothing is impossible if you work out your niche, your passion, your ‘jam’!

CC: Lastly, what's your most iconic Tatty Devine piece?

The Lobster Giant Necklace, aka Laurance. The moment I tried him it was love.

 

MEGAN - Sales Advisor / Visual Merchandiser 

CC: Tell us a bit about you and your role at Tatty Devine...

I'm a Sales Advisor at Tatty Devine and often act as assistant for our jewellery making workshops. I also do the visual merchandising for the stores and shoots. This involves coming up with the concepts for the window displays and making the props for each collection.

CC: What creative/professional journey brought you to become a member of the Tatty Devine team? 

I studied Fine Art Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts and saw the job at Tatty Devine advertised the day of my final deadline. I'd been following the brand since I was 14 and had worked in jewellery before so it felt like the perfect job and I was lucky enough to get it!

CC: What inspires you and your work?

I start with the theme of the collections then pull in references from art, films and fashion. Love a good pinterest moodboard!

CC: Could you offer your best advice for creatives looking to start their career or move up to the next stage?

I would say try implement your creativity into whatever role you have at the time. I worked a lot with paper at university and started making small props for the in store displays. Overtime this grew to designing the window displays, sets for shoots and recently for the 20th anniversary book.

CC: Lastly, what's your most iconic Tatty Devine piece?

The Giant Pink Lobster encapsulates all things Tatty Devine for me!

 

FIZZ - Lazer Cutter Technician 

CC: Tell us a bit about you and your role at Tatty Devine...

Hi my name is Fizz and I am a Laser cutter Technician and Product Developer here at Tatty Devine. My job role includes cutting pieces using the laser cutter, sampling new products and keeping all the laser cutters in the business running.

CC: What creative / professional journey brought you to become a member of the Tatty Devine team? 

After sixth form I worked in a call centre but was making jewellery in my spare time. I decided to further my jewellery knowledge and went to uni. I got this job a month after graduating.

I still make my own silver and beaded jewellery in my spare time.

CC: What inspires you and your work?

I love being able to be creative everyday and learn new skills. I am a big fan of architectural and geometric design.

CC: Could you offer your best advice for creatives looking to start their career or move up to the next stage?

Keep going! There will be set backs but things will happen if you work hard and be persistent.

CC: Lastly, what's your most iconic Tatty Devine piece?

Parakeet Necklace – I love the current rainbow colourway in the mirrored acrylic.

 

REBECCA - Senior Jewellery Maker

CC: Tell us a bit about you and your role at Tatty Devine...

My name is Rebecca and I have been a part of Tatty Devine for just over five years now. I’m a Senior Jewellery Maker/ Lead Trainer, this involves working towards a weekly schedule for production; assembling jewellery and quality checking. As lead trainer, I train and mentor the makers teaching all the key skills from bending to gluing, crystalling to cleaning.

CC: What creative / professional journey brought you to become a member of the Tatty Devine team? 

Before joining Tatty Devine I studied fashion accessories at Coventry University. For my internship I worked at Tatty Devine for one month working with the production team. After completion of my university course a job opportunity arose, i applied and was luckily enough to join the team.

CC: What inspires you and your work?

As someone who naturally thrives off helping others, my training role enables me to support and help my colleagues which keeps me motivated to do the best I can.

CC: Could you offer your best advice for creatives looking to start their career or move up to the next stage?

Having done an internship myself, I would highly recommend taking on a work placement. It’s a great way to understand how creative companies work and if you are lucky like me you may even get a job opportunity at the end of it, plus it’s great experience!

CC: Lastly, what's your most iconic Tatty Devine piece?

For me the Mexican Embroidery necklace is the most iconic and a favourite of mine purely because I love flowers!

 

Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine launches at the Lethaby Gallery at Central Saint Martins, London from 20 July 2019 - 11 August 2019 before starting a nationwide tour. Click here to find out more.

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