This is the second interview in my new series featuring Self Made Babes (see the first here). This week’s SMB is Sophie of King Sophie’s World embroidered sequin patches.
Quick fire questions!
Describe your personal style:
Place on Earth you want to see before you die:
Pyramids in Egypt.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I can roll my tongue to make a W and Hula Hoop for hours on end!
Top 5 songs on your iPod playlist:
Baddygirl 2 by MIA.
Bling Bling by Junglepussy.
Don’t by Ed Sheeran.
So hard to choose this one but I’ll say Dita Von Teese because shes the first person that entered my mind!
I don’t really feel guilty about things I find pleasurable!
The Nitty Gritty…
Did you go to college and if so, what did you study?
I went to the University of Plymouth and studied Art History.
What would you like to see more of in women’s magazines?
I’d like to read more about honest personal stories/life advice, that empowers women to think fearlessly, independently and authentically. A magazine that has a particular outlook on life, which is that we only live it once and should strive to do what makes us feel alive as an individual. I also think its important to give attention to mental health, to understand the ways in which our minds can hold us back from achieving what we want. Basically I’d love to read a magazine that is truthful and encourages its readers to strive for a personally meaningful and passionate life.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Not compromising on who I am as a person and what I want from life.
What do you still want to accomplish?
When I was a kid I wanted to be an artist when I grew up, I still feel the same way. I’ve never had career ‘goals’, its never made sense to me to work my way up a system that is put in place by someone else that has no personal meaning to me. I’ve always had a gut feeling I was going to do things my way and was pretty uninterested in what teachers thought I should do. It would make me happy to support myself for the rest of my life by what I create, to do things on my own terms, that’s what I really want to achieve.
Who/what inspires you?
People who don’t give a fuck! Creatively I’m inspired by the surreal, macabre, music, myths, aliens, the occult!
Is King Sophie’s World your full time job?
Yes! I recently finished my job and now its all I do! Its quite unnerving not having a regular income like a ‘normal’ job would but I thought screw it I just have to take this risk. Even if I end up broke, I don’t want to live with any regrets.
How did you get into embroidering sequin patches?
When I was studying for my degree, I became really interested in the ways in which fashion can be used to send a message about who we are. I was inspired by the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, whose surrealists creations deconstructed gender conventions. Schiaparelli did not fit in with what was expected of her as a woman, so she created her own ideals through her work, whilst simultaneously criticising the ‘norm’. I started using sequins because I liked the idea of using a material that is stereotypically thought of as ‘feminine’ and using it in a subversive way. I began by making tops but after a while I thought it would be better to make patches, as anyone can wear them and do with them what they want!
Do you draw up the designs yourself?
Yeh! I start by drawing up what I want and then make a stencil to transfer it onto the material.
How long does it take to embroider a sequin patch on average?
It really depends on how big / detailed the design is! It can take anything from a day to a week.
How do you work out a price for them?
I set myself an hourly wage + cost of materials.
Whats next for King Sophie’s World?
I’m going to focus on making one off large back patches, that are more detailed. I want to do more custom designs, as I find it really interesting working one on one with someone, finding out what they’re into! You never know what someone is going to ask you to make, which is exciting. In the long term, I want to make more accessible pieces, as well as luxury hand made pieces but firstly I want to establish myself as one thing and do it well.
Do you know a self made babe that you would like to know more about? Let us know in the comments and I’ll do what I can to interview her!