What do you enjoy most about working at RP?
The people! Rebecca has created a supremely happy place filled with some of the nicest people on Earth! Team RP is friendly, supportive, and one serious cocktail of creative juices.
Can you tell us a little bit about how you got into your line of work that lead you to RP?
I was a child who devoured books and I decided early on that I was going to be a writer (in amongst other career options like marine biologist and circus gymnast). I adore playing with words: blending them, learning them, and creating with them. It was a natural progression of writing and art that lead to marketing. Social media and sewing combined to bring me to Team RP.
What qualifications do you have/ courses completed?
I have a BA Journalism degree and a BA Honours in Linguistics. Plus a few short courses in social media and digital marketing, and writing for children. I am currently studying pattern design and dressmaking.
What is your favourite RP pattern?
Each time I think I have a favourite, a new one comes along and steals my heart. My most sewn RP pattern is the Cora.
Describe a typical day in your life.
I wake up fairly early with tea and puppy cuddles, then head to my office (which is just down the stairs) and sit down at my computer and get on with it. There is content creation, admin, checking in on my online store and whatever needs to happen there, tea (lots of tea), and puppy walks. The day ends either with ballet, Pilates, sewing, crocheting, reading, or some TV. And puppies.
Tell us a bit about your style.
I like comfort. And stripes. My colour-coordinated wardrobe has a rather large and ever-expanding section reserved solely for stripey items. If it’s got stripes and I will be comfortable without looking like an unmade bed, it’s my go to. More often than not, I end up only liking a trend long after it’s gone, so I would say my particular style comes down to how I feel on any given day.
Where are you from? And where do you currently live?
I am from South Africa and currently live in England
How long have you been sewing and how did you start?
I asked for a sewing machine when I was about nine, and got one for Christmas that year. For as long as I can remember, my mom and gran have spent many long hours in front of their sewing machines. Sewing has just always been there. I have been sewing more seriously for a few years after starting a line of children’s clothing. After my gran passed away and my mom inherited her machines, I inherited my mom’s.
If you had one wish (not necessarily sewing related) what would it be?
That dogs aged like people: long, long lives.
What’s your superpower?
I have a good memory.
What’s the superpower you really want?
To be fearless.
Can you please share some go-to fail-safe tips for beginner sewistas?
Read the instructions, then just try. If you get it wrong, you learn. If you get it right, you learn.
Describe your perfect Sunday.
Give me a good book, the dogs, husband nearby (probably playing a computer game), and a steady stream of caffeine and I’m set. Usually followed by a walk and a video chat with my family in South Africa.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which historical figure would you want with you, and why?
Leonardo Da Vinci; an interesting brain to pick! Also, he could create a contraption (a boat, perhaps?) to get us off the island.
What’s the sound of your favourite colour?
Rain dripping off gigantic jungle leaves, splashing into wet pools and rippling to the edges: green
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Learn things. Read. Sew. Paint. Spend time with my family.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?
Reading and daydreaming.
What do you wish you knew more about?
There’s always something to learn, but right now I would say languages and a musical instrument. I would love to be multi-lingual and play either the piano, saxophone, or electric guitar.
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