debra bag squareThis is the first blog is a series where I will highlight the work of makers I admire. Today it is the fabulously talented Debra from Bees Make Honey. Debra elevates selection of pattern to an artform as she effortlessly mixes 1970s inspired colours and fabric textures and turns them into beautifully made bags and purses.


I asked Debra to say a few words about her work and here is what she said:"My modest business was borne out of a love of collecting 1960s and 1970s fabrics and my passion for recycling. As a child of the 70s I was somewhat overwhelmed by the variety of bold colours and patterns but they must have made a lasting impression on me, my house is full of them now!

Having come back from a long spell travelling around South East Asia my interest in colour and pattern was re-awakened. Out of necessity mainly, I started trawling the local charity shops and car boots for inexpensive fabrics that I could use to brighten up our rented house. About six years ago it was quite easy to pick up a fab condition 70s sheet or curtain and I quickly built up a colourful collection.

My favourites are the pretty pastels with fluid floral prints and tree forms but I am also quite fond of the bold bright geometric fabrics reminiscent of my mother's curtains.

debraIn summer I tend to work with floral cottons which compliments the faded denim I use a lot of and dark blue denim looks great with a hot orange or red gingham. In winter it is all about soft corduroys in rich berry colours. I LOVE cord! Especially jumbo cord in bold bright colours. I also love the colour combinations that epitomise the 70s, brown and mustard, purple and orange and turquoise and brown to name a few.

This year I have developed a range of bags and purses some with sleek shapes that hark back to the 60s and some slouchy festival bags in washed denim. Why not visit my website and take a look!"

I particularly like the purses Debra makes and often buy them for friends (and myself!). I hope you like Bees Make Honey as much as I do and look forward to highlighting the work of another talented maker soon.