Designer of the Week - Maisie May

Sitting on my desk there are four little red boxes from Maisie May, each filled with a beautiful handmade lotus flower or kimono hair clip, a set of owl snap clips and an adjustable ladybug ring. Each one of these four little red boxes will be sent off to a lucky KID independent reader. Would you like to win one? Read on!

Maisie May handmade hair clips, kimono, lotus flowers
The Product Review

I’m always amazed at the intricate work that goes into delicate creations like the Maisie May kimono hair clips and lotus flowers. Each petal is crafted from vintage fabric and hand-stitched to form a beautiful six-petal blossom.

Maisie May designer, Marina, has adapted her kimono flower technique from Japanese Kanzashi flower craft. Each creation is finished off with a charming button and is attached to a non-slip clip, covered in ribbon. The selection of colours is quite enchanting, as you can see from the images below. My favourite is the red and white lotus flower, because I’m addicted to polka dots!

The verdict… Exquisitely crafted with a charming vintage flair.

The Indie Label

Marina tiptoed into the handmade world many years ago with a range of chenille toys and felt bunnies that she had made for her friends. Interest steadily grew, and she soon branched out into hair clips, clothing and accessories. Her new collection needed the perfect name, and she drew her inspiration from her dear friends mother, a very special person in her life. These days, Marina fits her crafting around her busy family, and is a wiz with a needle and thread.

Maisie May handmade hair clips, kimono, lotus flowers

The Creative Mind

Marina is mum to two beautiful girls, 5-year-old Lucy 5 and 15-month-old Ruby. She explains, “Lucy started school this year and I didn’t know that new attitude was part of the school lessons, and Ruby is our wild child that doesn’t want to sleep.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way as I was told that I probably wouldn’t have children. And they are so much fun to dress up.  It’s like having two dolls to play with!”

Marina has a love for vintage and retro fabrics and her studio is filled with floor-to-ceiling pigeon holes full of fabric that she has been stockpiling since her teens. Marina explains, “I can have fabric for years before it becomes something.  I let the fabric tell me what it is to be. Kimono flower hair clips, PJs, peasant tops, dresses, pants, toys, etc. This usually happens in the middle of the night, and I get up and make notes about designs and fabrics. From there, I make the pattern to fit, with the help of my two guinea pigs. My girls will often have large pieces of paper pinned to them!”

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s three fun facts about Marina (in her own words):

  • I was a tomboy in my younger days and now I love to make girlie hair clips and clothes.

  • I would love to runaway somewhere with green pastures and chickens for fresh eggs.

  • The little people in my head are telling me to let the public know that I’m a bit silly late at night.

The Handmade Collection

Maisie May finds contemporary beauty in recycling the past – using vintage fabric, kimono panels, bedspreads and even table cloths to create handcrafted hair clips, toys, handbags, slippers, hats, pillows, and children’s clothes. Check out the range online at Maisie May, or visit Marina on Facebook for all the latest news.

Maisie May handmade hair clips, kimono, lotus flowers

Competition - Giveaway - WinWould you like to win one of four gift sets from Maisie May? To enter, simply visit Maisie May to check out the range, and tell us which item is your favourite! Please submit your entry through the Rafflecopter widget below. You can also score extra entries into the prize draw by joining us on Facebook or tweeting about the giveaway. Winner announced on 25 July, 2013.

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