20 October 2013

An Interview with Raquel of Fairies and Heroes

Fairies and Heroes is a small boutique children's clothing and accessory business with a diverse range of products including beautiful hand-crafted skirts, coats, appliqué T-shirts, capes, aprons, bibs, Snuggle Buggies, bags and sandwich wraps. As designer and business owner, Raquel advises - "all hand-crafted in New Zealand with love".  Here she shares a glimpse into her creative world...

Who is Fairies and Heroes?Raquel Buckley
What’s your “handmade groove ?”
Sewing!! I love sewing children's and babies clothing, working with beautiful materials that turn from a gorgeous fabric to a piece of clothing that makes children's eyes light up and huge smiles spread across their face.
What’s on your bedside table right now? (hey, no tidying up or censoring)
An alarm clock, a table lamp and my kindle, short and sweet.
Who are your creative role models? What music, books, images, poetry spark your creative fire?  My creative role models are my mother and grandmother, they taught me how to create beautiful things and how to be a strong woman. To be honest my creative fire comes from my children, watching them grow and their individual personalities emerge is the inspiration behind every piece I create. 
What could you talk late into the night about with like minded people? Love, life, hopes and dreams, my children and my work!
How do you balance your creative life with your family, life commitments?
I sew in nap times, between swimming and ballet lessons and late into the night. I am lucky enough to be blessed with a lovely husband that rolls up his sleeves, kiddies in tow.
What is your favourite creative screw-up?
Sewing a zip incorrectly and unfortunately very securely into a Snuggle Buggy I spent 5 hours creating. After a couple of wines, a lot of complaining and laughing and two hours, it was unpicked!
Kitchen table or studio?
Kitchen Table.
Do you have a wish list? Can you tell us what’s on it?
Where do I start? I wish for my family to be happy and healthy, my business to keep growing, to find that elusive work family balance mentioned earlier, an amazing trip to Europe to visit Spain, France, Italy and Greece (more of a dream really) and to never loose the love of what I do!

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