Updated: Nov 1, 2019
As Textile Candy is pretty new, it makes sense to give a little intro...
What is Textile Candy?
An eclectic online brand promoting exciting, contemporary, artisan-made products created by independent makers.
TC provides conscious colour lovers with the opportunity to shop small, affordably and ethically without compromising on style.
Creative coaching and Design consulting services are also available to help fellow creatives/makers reach their full potential.
What does Textile Candy mean?
TC started as a blog in 2013 documenting print/pattern trends in the fashion industry. I, Becky, worked night shifts in a textiles factory at the time and had started the blog as a research project. I had originally wanted to call it 'Pattern Candy' but that name was taken so, as a recently graduated textile designer working in a textiles factory the name 'Textile Candy' emerged. Eye candy for textile lovers.
How did it start?
After an eye opening trip to Ghana in January 2017 I began to dabble in creating jewellery from the Ghanaian recycled glass beads I had sourced. In December I made the decision to move back to the UK after working as a Senior Print designer in Europe and, while looking for a studio space, ended up finding a small shop. With no money to buy shop fittings or wholesale stock I had to innovate and quickly began making shop furniture and collaborating with local makers to develop a curated collection of items.
What is the TC ethos?
To design and create exciting, contemporary, ethically handmade products which promote positivity and are environmentally conscious.
To collaborate with artisans around the world, increasing awareness of traditional crafts in order to preserve them.
To deliver workshops that provide creative crafters with the skills to start their own small businesses.
What are the Textile Candy goals?
To form an alternative ethical online marketplace, promoting artisan-made products created by independent makers, social enterprises and small scale manufacturers. Giving consumers the option to shop small, affordably and ethically without compromising on style.
To bring back small scale manufacturing to the UK, Lancashire in particular. Once a textiles manufacturing hub, Lancashire has a strong history of craftsmanship. This is something being worked towards through the Morecambe based shop by turning it into a small business hub and encouraging makers to work in a cottage industry framework.
To encourage a culture of craftsmanship and artistry where traditional skills are nurtured and profits are re-invested into the makers' economies.
Who do we work with?
Local seamstresses based in Morecambe and Lancaster- all of our textiles home decor products are produced within a 1 mile radius of the shop.
Ghanaian artisans- our beads are hand sourced on trips to Ghana where we meet with the beadmakers. Our drawstring bags and plastic free packaging are also sewn by our seamstress in Ghana, Peace.
We are also branching out to source ethically handmade items from different countries. Our current range of products include Cashmere scarves from Kashmir and wax printed bags from Ghana.
Do we have a Brick & Mortar store?
Yes! We are tucked away behind a patterned shop front with a bright yellow door situated in the heart of Morecambe's West end. The Textile Candy shop is just 2 minutes walk from Morecambe promenade with breathtaking views across the Bay to the peaks of the Lake District.
We co-run the Crafty Women course delivering workshops that provide women makers with the skills to start their own small businesses. We also run startup workshops and independent creative courses, check out our workshops page for more information!
Nestled in the back room of our studio is our workspace/training area which can be hired for all kinds of workshops. Fully equipped with craft/creative equipment funded by UnLtd including: a growing resource library, sewing machines, an overlocker, heatpress, laptop, photographic materials and a strong WiFi connection. Everything a maker needs to get started on their own small business!