A Q&A with Amy Phipps

1 Mar

Next up we’re looking at none other than one half of Super+Super, Miss Amy Phipps!

Tell us a little bit about you.

I am originally from Nottingham, but came to Brighton to do a degree in knitting (fashion textiles) and never looked back. I am a freelance textiles designer, stylist and craft tutor and one half of Super+Super of course. My specialism is crochet and traditional hand craft but I love all kinds of craft (except decoupage…. I can’t stand that!). I live in an old fishing cottage that’s bursting at the seams with scraps of fabric, coloured yarns and vintage dresses. My temperamental cat Flo guards my treasures.

Where do you draw the inspiration for your work from?

I am inspired by Vintage textiles, Russian folk artefact and 1920’s circus performers, by artisan craft techniques, and craft techniques that take a lot of time to achieve. I love bright colour and am a fan of a little sparkle!

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Musical, animated, multi-tasker

How do you take your tea?

Black, no sugar

What encouraged you to get into this industry and what was your route into it?

I grew up in playing in my Mum & Nan’s vintage shop (Rags and Riches) and have always been surrounded by beautiful scraps of textiles and dusty dresses needing to be mended. Ideas of nostalgia, costume and the eccentric have always influenced my work

How do you like your eggs?

Poached with Avocado and Marmite on toast.

Who are some of your favourite designers/artists/illustrators/authors?

Roberto Tisci (for Givenchy), Marni, Tim Walker, Fred Butler, Gerhard Richter, Brian Wildsmith, Tove Jansson.

What would your dream outfit be?

A 1920s trapeze costume.

What can the public expect from your upcoming classes at Super+Super?

Lots of traditional hand techniques with a modern vintage twist! Think bright colours, layers of texture and pompoms wherever I can sew them on! I will also be running the ‘Crafty Hen-do & Baby-Showers’ which mean craft+Tea party rolled into one.

What’s your favourite cake?

Chocolate Beetroot

How would you spend your perfect day in our fair city?

Breakfast at Tictoc café followed by a nosey around the many antique and fabric shops…. Next a promenade along the pier and a late afternoon tea and crochet combo at Super+Super HQ with my pals.

What’s next for…?

I am utterly excited to be one half of Super+Super and to be opening our HQ at the end of March! We are offering a vast array of classes and events on a wide range of creative subjects from hand embroidered hankies to how to walk in high heels. It’s my dream come true. Fact.

You can follow Amy on Twitter @missamyphipps

One Response to “A Q&A with Amy Phipps”

  1. Victoria March 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Black No Sugar? CORRECT! xx

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