Meet the Maker – Morena from Kodes Accessories

Our Meet the maker this week is Morena at Kodes Accessories. She will be trading with us at our Summer Makers’ Market  on June the 3rd.
Hi Morena, Tell us a bit about yourself. 
I am Morena Fiore-Kirby and I am an accessory designer at Kodes Accessories.
I make geometric and fabric accessories. I begun working with African fabrics and started making necklaces, shopping bags, headbands, dog bandanas and cushions. I worked in Brixton for two years and spent most lunch breaks wondering around the alleyways of Brixton Village Market, in awe of all the bright colours of the fabrics. So I started purchasing some fabrics and made some chunky necklaces for myself to start with.
I have always liked quirky, bright and bold accessories so mine was a need to make some for myself and that’s also how I got into painting wooden geometric necklaces, another of the products I make.  This then evolved into geometric silicone teething necklaces as I welcomed to the world my baby, Freddie, once more in need of a quirky accessory that was also baby proof.  But craft is just another side of me. By day I am Software Developer, almost the opposite of a crafty job!
What inspires you?
I’ve always been attracted by colorful and quirky patterns and jewellery so I have found in African fabrics the perfect outlet for my creativity.  I also always picked the brightest and biggest jewellery when shopping, I have never been the dainty silver pendant necklace kind of girl, so my wooden geometric beads are perfect for the look I am aiming for.  They’re big without being heavy and they’re a blank canvas which, especially lately, I have been trying to paint in different ways. I’ve started experimenting with different painting techniques I am taking from nail art for example, so Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube are the perfect place for me to get inspiration from for colour palettes and nail art tutorials. I like a challenge! I am currently working through a phase of exploring what textures I can replicate on the beads.
What plans have you got for the future?
Before I got pregnant last year I started selecting a few African fabrics with a retro look and I was keen on working on a homeware range including tea towels and cushions as well as canvas bags. I am also exploring some new designs for teething necklaces as I try and fulfil a mum’s need to wear jewellery which is baby proof and effortlessly cool at the same time.
I have also been working on an app where you can build your own custom hand painted geometric necklace with the idea of having this also available on a tablet in shops and with me at markets.

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