T Shirt Printing at Cushion and Cake

On Sunday I attended a t-shirt printing crafternoon at Cushion and Cake.

Pam at Cushion and Cake holds crafternoons regularly throughout the year. It’s a chance to try out a new craft, have some tea and eat some cake. All in all not a bad afternoon!

On Sunday, we were printing on old t-shirts using freezer paper.  If you’ve not heard of this technique, you cut stencils using freezer paper, iron them onto your garment, and then fill in the stencils using fabric paint. Here’s a tutorial with more explanation if you want to give it a go, or have a look at this video.

The crafternoon took place in the newly-opened (and as yet unnamed) unit across the road from the Cushion and Cake Tearoom.  Pam recently opened this space to host parties, workshops and events. It was looking lovely- the last time I took a peek in it was looking a bit sorry for itself, having lain empty for some years. Pam’s filled it with her signature upcycled furniture, handmade decorations and vintage china, and it looks great.

I upcycled an old grey marl t-shirt with purple antlers and neon triangles. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out and it’s given a favourite old shirt a new lease of life.

Crafternoons at Cushion and Cake are held monthly, with more held in November and December for Christmas crafts. Check out the Cushion and Cake site for more details.

Our Designers- What a Talented Bunch!

They most certainly are. Here are some of the marvellous things they create:

Cats and Castles Patchwork Cardigan by Jolly and Hodie
Cats and Castles cardigan by Jolly and Hodie.

The Classics Notebook by Lucy Farfort
The Classics notebook by Lucy Farfort.

Treasure Tote by Showpony
Treasure Tote by Showpony

A Sinking Night Poster by Neil Slorance
A Sinking Night poster by Neil Slorance

Freckles the Lion by Poosac
Freckles the Lion by Poosac

Waves and Arrows Bowl by Julia Smith
Waves and Arrows bowl by Julia Smith

Two Weeks to Go!

We’ve got two weeks left of our indiegogo pre-order campaign. Here’s a quick round up of what we’ve been doing over the last few weeks, in case you missed anything!

We have seven designers on board for the launch collection and have six sample shirts (we’re still waiting for Lucy Farfort’s design to come back from the printers, but you can see a proof below:

I Love Puddles by Emma Henderson
I Love Puddles by Emma Henderson
Winter of Our Discount Tents by Laura Donald
Winter of Our Discount Tents by Laura Donald
Supersaurus by Neil Slorance
Supersaurus by Neil Slorance
Puffer by Julia Smith
Puffer by Julia Smith
Lion by Poosac for Mimi and Will
Lion by Poosac
Treehouse by Jolly and Hodie
Treehouse by Jolly and Hodie
Jelly Loves Ice Cream by Lucy Farfort for Mimi and Will
Jelly Loves Ice Cream by Lucy Farfort for Mimi and Will

We visited the Children’s Wood for their Bake-Off. Laura Donald came to visit us and blogged about it.

We also sold some of these badges, which we’ve decided to offer as a limited edition reward on Indiegogo.

Supersaurus Badges
Supersaurus Badges

And that’s about it! Remember, if you want to guarantee a shirt before Christmas, pre-ordering is the way to go!

As ever, give us a shout with any questions, queries, or just to say hello!

Lion by Poosac

Kim is the illustrator and maker behind all the wonderful Poosac creatures.

Kim has created a design for Mimi and Will based on her ‘Freckles the Lion‘ toy.

Lion by Poosac for Mimi and Will
Lion by Poosac

The design is taken from an original illustration by Kim, and is screenprinted on a yellow shirt.

Lion by Poosac for Mimi and Will
Lion by Poosac

Design Proofs

Mimi and Will September 2013 T Shirt Design Proofs
Mimi and Will September 2013 T Shirt Design Proofs

Here’s the seven t-shirts in our launch collection. We have had a few enquiries from shops about stocking our t-shirts. If you’re a shop and are interested, please do get in touch!

What are we all about then, part two.

A couple of weeks ago, when we started our Indiegogo campaign, I wrote a blog explaining a bit about who we were, and the reasons why we started Mimi and Will.

As I said in that post, the idea sparked when we wanted to buy a children’s t-shirt by a designer we knew, and discovered that producing screen-printed shirts in a range of children’s sizes wasn’t really viable for independent designers. We saw an opportunity to promote independent design, work with some really exciting, creative people, and make some really good t-shirts.

When we were looking at t-shirt suppliers and screenprinters, supporting small businesses and making really good t-shirts were our guiding principles. Our t-shirts are fairly traded, high quality cotton, screenprinted in the U.K. using eco-friendly inks.

That means we’re doing our bit to support independent businesses (and the environment), but we’ve also ticked the ‘really good t-shirt’ box too; high quality cotton feels nicer to wear and they wash well, last longer than thinner cotton shirts, and so make great presents that can be handed down.

And why are these two things important to us? We’ve both dabbled in the maker/ seller movement and know how hard it is for artists, designers and makers to make a living from their work. And it’s not just ‘creative’ businesses that find it hard- according to Enterprise Nation, 99% of businesses in the United Kingdom are classified as small, but this is a sector that has little or no support in order to promote growth.

We’re only a tiny business, and we don’t pretend that we’re going to make a huge difference on our own. But we’d like to be part of the growing number of people who are trying, in some way, to make a difference collectively.

And the making good t-shirts part? Well, we just really, really, love a good t-shirt.

At the Children’s Wood Bake Off

Yesterday, we were at the Children’s Wood Bake Off at North Kelvin Meadow. We had a great day. We were showing our sample shirts and explaining all about Mimi and Will and the designers we’re working with. The weather was gorgeous, if a bit windy (thanks to everyone who periodically helped us retrieve flying colouring-in sheets), we met some lovely people, got some good feedback on our shirts and had some cake.

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Because it was a bake-off, we brought along some cakes with t-shirt designs on them, and we had a little colouring in station for children to design their own shirts, or colour in our designs.

Read more about the Children’s Wood, or follow them on Facebook for more pictures from the Bake Off and details of future events.

Julia Smith

 

We were at the Children’s Wood today, and had a fantastic time (and the weather was amazing).

Anyone there would have had a sneak preview of the seventh shirt in our collection, by Julia Smith.

Puffer by Julia Smith

Julia’s a ceramicist based near Inverness. She produces ceramics in earthenware clay using traditional techniques and digital decals of her own illustrations. We’re really excited about adding Julia to our list of designers we’re collaborating with; one of our goals when we started Mimi and Will was to work with a range of designers across different disciplines. Julia’s puffer image appears on her ceramics, but we thought it was crying out to be on a t-shirt!

Julia Smith for Mimi and Will

Lucy Farfort at the Fab Little Shop

One of our collaborating designers, Lucy Farfort, has recently started selling through The Fab Little Shop. You can buy some of her prints and cards there, inlcuding this print, which I love,  Light the Way.

Light the Way by Lucy Farfort
Light the Way by Lucy Farfort

If you’ve not checked out The Fab Little Shop before, they’re an online store selling children’s products. They’ve got a nice selection of Halloween things in at the minute, check out these cosy looking pumpkin slippers by Winnibriggs House!

Emma Henderson

Emma Henderson is the designer- illustrator behind Showpony.  She produces screenprinted textiles and products ranging from printed chevron bags to her ‘hot dogs‘:  wheat warmers printed with images of dogs (and the occasional cat). Her work is stocked all over the world, in a number of small independent boutiques as well as larger stores like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Paperchase.

Emma also designs more complex, colourful patterns which are available through society6.

Emma’s designed ‘I Love Puddles’ for Mimi and Will.  It’s printed in shades of blue on grey marl.

I Love Puddles by Emma Henderson for Mimi and Will
I Love Puddles by Emma Henderson
Puddles T Shirt for Mimi and Will by Emma Henderson
Puddles by Emma Henderson