You probably already know I graduated this summer, followed by a busy and exciting few months. Now I'm settled in Glasgow and looking to start a new journey for 2017. I’ve enjoyed seeing what fellow classmates have been up to over the past summer. Some have moved on to new courses, others, internships and grad jobs. This week I want to bring everyone’s attention to Sally at Luna Viola Design, a Fashion Management graduate who has proceeded to create a brand of her own selling handmade jewellery and homeware. I had a chat with Sally about prepping products, getting into the creative mood and her future plans.
WHAT LED YOU TO START YOUR OWN BRAND?
I had always wanted to work for myself and loved being creative so when I was unable to find my dream job after university I decided to create it myself.
WHY ‘LUNA VIOLA’?
Well, to be honest, I wanted something short and snappy to begin with but kept coming back to Luna Viola Design for some reason. I’ve always loved the name ‘Luna’ and have a fascination with the moon and space and thought that I would be able to incorporate this aspect into my collection designs as the business progresses. ‘Viola’ is a family name – my grans cousin who died at the age of 14 in the 1940’s and I have always been fascinated by her beauty and the way that she stood out in photographs. Then… ‘Design’ to tie everything together – I hope it worked!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE LUNA VIOLA DESIGN IN 3 WORDS?
Colourful, Personal and Creative
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
This may sound cliché, but all around me. I love the seaside and adventure so that has become a big part of the inspiration for my first collections. Pinterest is great for on trend colour inspiration too!
WHAT'S BEEN THE HARDEST THING ABOUT STARTING UP LUNA VIOLA?
I do everything on my own from physically hand-sculpting the jewellery and gluing on countless buttons to photography for the website and social media to tracking down supplies and everything in between. It’s a lot of work for one person especially someone who is just out of uni and still trying to find her way in the world. But I love every minute of it.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOY LISTENING TO IN ORDER TO STAY FOCUSED?
I love listening to various podcasts about creativity and business – TED Talks are great and really inspire my work and drive to keep pushing forward. I love a bit of country music too!
I usually begin with putting a Pinterest board together of colours, textures and shapes before moving onto sketching up some ideas. Once I have a clear idea in my head of what I want to produce I then get making. Most of my work is made from Polymer Clay so I would select the general colours that I wanted to work with, condition the clay and then go ahead and blend colours together to make a unique set of colours and patterns. Once I am happy with the combinations I would roll them into beads, or sculpt the clay into necklaces, little dishes or whatever else takes my fancy. If I am making beaded necklaces for example I take all the different beads and waxed cotton cord and decide on what look I am going for before stringing them and adding final touches. Then it’s time to shoot them for social media and the website and then they are available to buy. Working with polymer clay is quite a long process and can get a little frustrating at times but once I have the finished product sitting in front of me I know that it’s all totally worth it. Watching Netflix always helps too!
WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL WINTER MUST HAVES?
Bright colourful necklace to add a little something to a cosy outfit – just like our SMILE necklace, Gilmore Girls on Netflix and Earl Grey tea.
WHAT DO YOU SEE IN LUNA VIOLA'S FUTURE?
I’d love to open my own shop alongside other creatives so it would kind of be a design collective. Hopefully a little café could be added to the shop along with a workshop area for people to come and learn different crafts. So really my ultimate dream is to have a design hub because I think creativity is really important in all aspects of life and handmade items should definitely be favoured over the mass produced items we see across the board.
Broke BB x