For the series Good Folk on this blog I have sent interview questions to some really wonderful people who are either making things, running shops, or generally promoting sustainability. I think you will enjoy reading their answers as much as I have, and I hope they inspire us all with the knowledge that there are people doing good in the world!
This interview is with Margot and Natasja from The Fabric Wrapping Co. On a mission to change our gift wrapping habits through the use of fabric, the self confessed textile, design and colour addicts take us through their story and their future plans.
Tell me about yourself and the work that you do.
We are friends from different sides of the planet who ended up living together in a London flat. It was in Queens Park so we used to call it Queens Palace! Margot is originally from the Netherlands and Natasja from Australia. We design and
make reusable gift wrapping made from fabric. Inspired by the Japanese art of Furoshiki, we've added a very colourful modern twist with satin ribbons, pom poms and tassels. Designed to last for many years, we hope people will be using them for generations.
How or why did you get started?
After one particularly last minute Christmas, staring at the mound of cardboard and scrunched up paper I thought - this just doesn't feel right at all. It's meant to be a time of goodness, but I was stashing away all the rubbish and recycling as quickly as I could to not be confronted with it. Chatting it over with Margot one day as we were strolling through an Art fair - we wondered if we could do something about it. And have an outlet for our shared passion for fabrics, colour and design! It was over a glass of Prosecco we decided we'd give it a go.
It's probably a little different for both of us. Margot is amazing at finding new materials and putting them together into fabulous collections. She loves strolling and immersing herself in the wild and wonderful fabric stalls here or in the Netherlands and finding prints or colours that feel great and will work well together. Every time she comes up with a new collection I practically do a happy dance I love them so much. She really enjoys making the wraps too - probably more than me! I too love spending time selecting fabrics and prints - feeling each to see if it could work as a wrap. Recently we have added a new organic cotton furoshiki wrap range and I really loved learning more about how and where they are made, and the satisfaction that they feel so beautiful but were made with lower impact to the planet.
What is your favourite thing about the materials that you work with?
What are your plans for the future?We want to change the way the world wraps. Sounds big, is big. But seriously,why are we going through the equivalent of 50,000 trees in wrapping in the UK each Christmas when with a bit of creativity we can wrap presents in a zero waste way? Giving is a beautiful thing, we hope to inspire more people to be more thoughtful about how they give in every way. Each day, we try and work towards that mission.
Where can we find you on the internet/buy your work?
Follow on Instagram here.
Photographs by @thefabricwrappingco