A few weeks ago I was approached by Hickory Dickory Designs and I was instantly interested in their products. Just a few days before I’d received their email I had been thinking about how nice it would be to have some kind of tag to put on my weaves when they are all finished, so they can be branded. These little wooden tags are perfect, thank you for making me some!!!! Everything is handmade to order and the wooden motifs are engraved with personalised messages. Lisa who has been developing and growing Hickory Dickory Designs for several years now, and have recently launched their new website kindly answered some questions for us:
Tell us a bit about your brand/shop Hickory Dickory Designs? Does it have a concept?
Hickory Dickory Designs is all about designing and making products with the individual in mind, made to be special in today’s worlds of mass production. All our products are personalised precisely to your requirements showing your loving attention to detail and thoughtfulness. We hope our range of products help customers commemorate special occasions and milestones in their lives, the birth of your child, wedding, anniversary, birthdays, your first home as well as individually personalised wine glass charms and celebration wine bottle tags.
Who would you collaborate with if you could? Only hypothetically, so it could be some great figure from the past even, or someone close to you.
If I could collaborate with someone it would be Eric Gill 1882-1917 he was an English Sculptor, typeface designer, stonecutter and printmaker, coming from a Fine Art background with a degree in Sculpture all these areas are of interest to me. He was associated with the Arts & Crafts movement and is a local lad to me living and working in Ditchling.
On a slightly more personal note, do you have any favourite objects or other things, daily rituals, things you’re particularly interested in at the moment?
My favourite things are lists and propelling pencils, my daily ritual is walking our dachshund Bettie and Cairn terrier Jake with my husband on Brighton beach before cycling into work in Hove.
What is your studio like?
My studio space smells of burnt wood (so do I) and is where I have everything on hand that enables me the freedom to design the unique products we have on our site.
What have you got planned next for Hickory Dickory Designs?
Going forward we are going to be collaborating with a very special Sussex charity: The Rockinghorse Appeal, which is the official arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. This is giving us the opportunity to be a small part of something big and we will be designing some products unique to them and making a real difference by pledging 100% of the profits to them.
A few weeks ago I got the chance to go to the Mollie Makes awards as I had been nominated for the Creative Idea award. I spent the day with some extremely talented folks along with the judges who were just so lovely and easy to talk to. I was so nervous about the day and having to pitch to 8 judges. It was all a bit scary. My creative idea was a weaving bike. In my original pitch which I had sent to Mollie Makes originally I sent this illustration below of how I imagined it would look like. I never thought it was actually going to get chosen to go through to the next round!! I thought that if it did I would make a mini version, so I did!
I took my mini weaving bike up to London and after a long day of being nervous the results were in and I won! It was such a surprise and so happy that it won that I am hoping to make a real life version for next Summer. We will see anyway. There will be a more detailed version of the day coming out soon in the next Mollie Makes issue so will wait until thats out and will show you some pictures of the funny little model I made. Mollie Makes posted some more info about it here.