This is a guest post by Charlotte Dearman, founder of Calico Collective.
Hello! I’m Charlotte – founder of Calico Collective. My small business began in 2020 as a way to rediscover my creativity after graduating from a degree in Theatre Design in June 2019 and wanting to find a new creative outlet. I have been lino printing on and off for about 6 years and, during the COVID-19 lockdown, finally found the time to perfect some of my favourite designs. From this, I discovered polymer clay and jesmonite as my new favourite materials to work with!
For me, the joy of working with jesmonite is that every piece is different. Whether you’re working with marbling or terrazzo techniques, or experimenting with abstract shapes and colours, it’s almost impossible to have the same outcome twice. For me, this brings an incredible excitement to the process of designing and making, as it is through this trial and error process that I have created some of my favourite pieces. I believe that designing is a hands-on process; no successful outcome has ever come without experimentation, mistakes, breakages and a determination to try again!
My goal when starting Calico Collective was to create a brand focused around consciously crafted, small batch homeware and jewellery – with the aim of creating something for every budget. Accessibility is incredibly important to me, and so finding a way to create products that can be suitable for any budget felt like a good place to start. Alongside running Calico Collective, I work as a freelance Theatre Facilitator with a specialism in design – where I have found that my passion for showing the importance of the creative arts as a career has influenced my thinking and the ethos behind Calico Collective.