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Designing My New Eco-Friendly Dog Collars and Leads

Designing my new eco-friendly dog collars and leads

I am so excited! I have started a journey where I am now designing accessories for dogs. For me, this really is a dream come true. Since I started the business back in 2017, It has always been on my mind but I just wasn’t quite sure how to approach the idea. There were a lot of unknowns like how do I find someone to manufacture all of these products? What sizes and designs do I do? Where do I source everything? Creating this range was a learning process and involved a lot of experimentation, research and taking the time to learn about the needs of our fellow companions.

Getting back to basics

At the start of the design process, I started researching all of the different types of collars and leads that are on the market currently. There are so many different products for sale in all different shapes and sizes but none that were all of the following:

Eco-friendly, affordable, beautiful and practical

I wanted to make sure that the end products achieved all 4 of these key elements. I think its so important now more than ever to make beautiful and affordable eco-friendly products accessible to everyone. With these key elements in mind, I dug out my sketchbook and began sketching what I imagined the products to look like.

Putting it all together

I decided comfort and durability were a big part of the designs, as these accessories would undergo a lot of daily wear and tear. With this in mind, I picked a tough webbing and a twill fabric that are made from 100% cotton. Making the collars and leads breathable, durable and strong. I have also added antique brass and silver metal finishes. These include the buckles, D rings and the tri-glade adjusters. The tri-glade allows for the collar to be adjusted so you can have the perfect fit for your dog. Ranging from 35-65cm, the collar will grow with your pet.

For the lead, I have added a great feature. A padded handle. We all know dogs love to pull, especially when there is food or a friend involved, so I decided to make the experience a bit more comfortable for you. I have used 100% cotton wadding and sustainable cork that is handmade in Portugal to cover the handle. I have also added a D ring so you can attach a poop bag, a bag of treats or your keys.

All of these great features make the products extra special.

When and where can I get the new accessories?

I will be making matching collars and leads for the end of August. They will be available in the Golden Labrador, Black Labrador, Chocolate Labrador and my favourite the Woodland pattern.

They will only be available in the one size for now but watch this space as I will be developing patterns, sizes and styles in the future!

*ENDED* You will be able to pre-order on my website soon. If you pre-order you will get 20% off the RRP. For information on when the pre-orders will be open sign up to my newsletter for more information.

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Reflection of 2019 and What’s coming in 2020

Reflection of 2019 and What’s coming in 2020


This year has been a bit of a whirlwind in terms of gaining a style within my work, deciding where I wanted to take the business and understanding that anything is possible if I put my mind to it! Working for yourself provides a lot of challenges and a lot of moments where you’re wondering if this is the right career but! I am more confident than ever in my work and the direction I am going in.

Reflection

This year has really been a blast and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much of it without everyone who supports me and my small business! My biggest achievement is that I have worked on a collection of patterns and I have gained a style which you now strongly see throughout my work. This is through sticking to a colour palette, a certain painting style and a certain composition for my patterns. My work now feels more uniformed and cohesive.

I also started a relationship with a UK manufacturer who is helping me to create my eco-friendly products. I thought the whole process would be difficult and challenging but I feel really blessed with my manufacturer as they communicate well, deliver excellent quality products and listen to what I want. I have now put in a HUGE order with them which is very scary. BUT it is also very exciting and I can’t wait to show you what I have been up to. I am so excited to have a manufacturer that can help me deliver excellent quality eco-friendly products that are 100% cotton and who uses eco printing methods.

As well as pattern design and producing products, I have discovered that I love to create canvas and digital based art which is influenced by my surroundings in Brighton and anywhere that I travel to that has beautiful vistas and landscapes. Creating this kind of art is a way for me to release my creativity in different ways and I can’t wait to show you what I have been making next year. This work will be first shown in Gallery BN5 in February.

Looking to 2020 – New Products, Shows and Exhibitions

I have been busy planning 2020 and I have plenty of interesting things to tell you about! I have booked plenty of craft fairs, one of the big ones being the Country Living Magazine Fair. I can’t wait to be amongst amazing talent and meet like minded people where I can gain new friendships. The fair will be on for 4 days and I will be showcasing my brand new range which I hope you will love as much as I do.

As well as the events below, I hope to book more shows as the year goes on and to be in more galleries and shops across the UK. I hope you will stick with me on this journey of mine, I can’t wait to show you what I will do next!

Gallery BN5

1st February – 29th February, Henfield

For one month I will be showcasing my brand new collection of Sussex influenced Illustrations. This collection will include beautiful landscapes, pubs and wildlife that you can find in the South Downs.

I will be showing for the first time my digital art with machine embroidery embellished over the top. These pieces of art will be available framed and unframed.


Country Living Magazine Spring Fair

23rd April – 26th April, Alexander Palace, London

I will be exhibiting for the first time at the Country Living Fair in London! For 4 days, I will be showcasing my brand new range of homewares and gifts!

You will find my hand painted dogs and woodland patterns alongside a brand new pattern featuring cute rabbits and carrots! Some of the products that will be available are cushions, oven gloves, aprons, notebooks, cosmetic and tote bags. All of these products will be available on my website after the show.


The Handmade Affair, Shopfest

15th March & 14th June – Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

I will be exhibiting at Denbies Wine Estate in the beautiful Surrey Hills. The first one will be the first place I will be showing my new range of homewares and gifts so make sure you’re there!

Have a great Christmas everyone and I will you in 2020!