Lavender scented eye pillow, lovingly made by Amie-Jo Locke from surplus scrubs fabric. All proceeds going back to the East London creative makers space @make.town.
'I reached out to Brooke at @make.town. From her studio, Brooke had been mobilising the community scrub effort in response to the pandemic. Our NHS badly needed scrubs, and Brooke, along with many other amazing volunteers across the country, were stepping up and using their sewing skills to help meet this demand.
Ok, I think it’s worth mentioning at this point that I didn’t have the first clue about sewing. I made a rubbish cushion once in school. But, I desperately wanted to help. So, Brooke got me into the studio – set up so we could all safely work 2m apart – and basically taught me to sew. I started making wash bags. A few days later, I was making scrubs. My days spent working and chatting with Brooke not only taught me a new skill, but also made me realise the power of human connection. It was truly humbling being part of something so special, and so necessary.
When the scrub effort came to an end, we were left with a huge amount of scraps. I felt sad that these small pieces of history were effectively ‘waste’ fabric, and thought about how best to celebrate them. These scraps were far too important to be thrown away. So, I started making eye pillows out of them. Breathe and Zzz… came together from there.'
Words from Amie-Jo Locke