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.