thisisrachelpedder

British Textile & Surface Pattern Design

London, England On Etsy since 2019

thisisrachelpedder

British Textile & Surface Pattern Design

London, England | 6 Sales

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Crafted by Rachel Pedder: An independent surface pattern designer with a passion for quality design, minimalism and sustainability.

British designer, Rachel Pedder, an independent surface pattern designer based in London, UK.

With a passion for quality design, minimalism and sustainability this is a brand new environmental conscientious movement that aims to connect carefully locally selected UK manufacturing resources with its local customers with an extensive range of one off limited edition made to order clothing items and soft furnishings. Each individual item tells a story.

The main focus is to raise awareness on where our clothes are made and to avoid excess waste by producing only what is needed. The UK has an extensive range of high quality manufacturers and wholesalers but it also has fighting competition from cheaper overseas alternatives.

The fashion industry in recent years has become more of consumer driven with a higher demand for cheaper clothing than ever before.

Unfortunately, this comes with consequences that are out of sight with a rise in exploitation with labour workers manufacturers in places such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, and China. Many labour workers are pressured to work longer hours on lower pay with fewer regulations in place.

The Netflix documentary "The True Cost " raised awareness on the increase on environmental pollution from many clothing manufacturers within these regions.

The journey began back in 2015, an artist residency during a freezing Portuguese winter inspired her to create fresh new designs using a combination of traditional and modern practices. This is how my pattern collections started to grow.

With a head full of ideas but too little time for creating, I decided to leave the wonderful city of London behind for 10 months and travel to Portugal to join an artist residency. This is where the story began whilst residing in a tiny Portuguese artist residency in Porto, which without prior knowledge was on the verge of falling down with no heating, a mattress on the floor, a leaking roof and unexpectedly right next door to a local brothel!

I know… that glossy image you had when you first started reading this of me sitting on a balcony in the hot southern European climate painting pictures of golden beaches was not quite the reality. We artists huddled together, relying on gloves, hats, several hot water bottles each day and a rather precarious indoor gas heater an attempt to keep us all warm. I would like to say a lot of blood, sweat and tears were involved in the making of my designs but I think the conditions were rather chilly for any minor perspiration to even occur.

And so, with limited prior textile experience but heaps of design knowledge under my belt, I spent countless hours, weeks, several months of repeated trial and error. I had a zillion textile related problems to solve while sitting in my studio! However, my designs slowly started to come together whilst munching all day on pastel de natas (and getting a little porky during the process!).

This collection is just some of the many collections created during my time away and since returning back to London in summer 2016. Each collection using my own personalised colour swatches inspired from photographs I took around the streets of Porto.

I lost count of how many requests I sent out to manufacturers all over the country for small orders, either to be rejected or receive no reply. Then one glorious summer morning in 2017, I finally got a reply saying ‘Yes’ from one manufacturer based in Staffordshire, Leek. Bravo!

And so here it is! I hope you enjoy my continuously growing collection and journey. This is just one of the many designs created. When you browse through my shop you will have a selection of high quality handcrafted designs to choose from using good quality and environmentally and sustainable manufacturers based in the UK.

Don't forget to add my shop to your favourites and to keep up to date with my latest designs and releases.

Do get in touch if you have any comments or if you have any bespoke design requirements.

Also follow me on Instagram and Facebook @thisisrachelpedder

Thanks for reading and happy shopping!

Lots of love,
Rach x

Production partners

  • Doc Cotton

    London, England

    Doc Cotton‘s journey launched in 2018 as a sustainable fashion brand. Buying through Doc Cotton, you can be assured of the craftsmanship and high quality materials that go into every item. Labour and material costs typically represent 50% of our selling price vs. less than 20% at a normal retailer.

  • HOMESCAPES

    Cradley Heath, England

    We here at Homescapes Europa Ltd manufacture, import and distribute top quality hardwood furniture and home textiles. We are a British company having our own manufacturing units in the UK. In the year 2011, we have brought manufacturing back in the UK, which continues to expand now.

  • Magic Textiles

    Leek, England

    Based right in the heart of the country in Leek, Staffordshire, Magic Textiles are also at the heart of the textile industry. With a management and production team that have been involved in the textile industry all of their lives, they offer an experienced, full, bespoke textile printing service

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