Designer Lydia Bolton and embroidery artist Nicole Chui have collaborated to make no waste items to help Solace Women’s Aid
are Lydia Bolton and Nicole Chui?
What happens when sustainable designer Lydia Bolton and embroidery artist Nicole Chui combine their unique creativity to make something for the community: the ‘empowered’ jumper collection. The deadstock jumpers were gifted by Moshood Balogun at Sons of the First Tribe and have been specially customised by Lydia and Nicole. Committing to giving back to the community, 50% of sales are going to Solace Women’s Aid, to help those affected by domestic abuse. In addition, their no waste policy means that no extra threads were thrown away – we love to see it! Read on to hear from Lydia and Nicole about their creative collaboration.
made Lydia and Nicole want to come together and collaborate on a collection?
Lydia and Nicole: “We were both looking for a way we could collaborate creatively whilst supporting our community of womxn. Together, we wanted to combine our skills in art and design to help benefit others in London, which is why we immediately thought of donating to the charity Solace Women’s Aid. Both of us are very passionate about the idea of community, and are aware of how important it is to use our skills to try and support those around us.”
“We were both looking for a way we could collaborate creatively whilst supporting our community of womxn.”
is sustainability such an important part of the collection?
Nicole: “For me, it’s important to get into the mindset of trying to waste as little as possible. I've always been someone who doesn’t like wasting ideas, opportunities, or materials I have around me. This drop is one of the ways we can show that great ideas/designs/art don't just come from expensive brand new materials.”
Lydia: “Sustainability is at the core of all my design work and is an integral part of this collaboration. As a designer, I am focused on reusing unwanted and deadstock materials so that the resources are prolonged and are not wasted. The jumpers were kindly donated by Mosh at Sons of the First Tribe for us to rework into custom pieces to give them a fresh lease of life.”
does the collection hope to support womxn?
Lydia and Nicole: “By donating 50% of the sales to Solace Women’s Aid , we are continuing to support the incredible work they do – helping thousands of womxn and girls build safer and stronger lives by regaining their independence after abuse.”
“Both of us are very passionate about the idea of community, and are aware of how important it is to use our skills to try and support those around us.”