For the forthcoming Christmas Brighton Craftaganza craft and handmade market we have an exciting array of sellers lined up. Excitingly, a sizeable chunk of them are new faces to Brighton Craftaganza, so let’s get to know them a little before the event through the popular medium of our ‘Meet the Seller’ interviews! Today’s talented pair who go by the name of hello DoDo, have been selling up a storm already in Brighton, London and online and we are very happy they have decided to climb upon the good ship ‘Craftaganza’ this season…
Please introduce yourself….
We are Ali & Jam AKA hello DODO! We are playful printmakers based in Brighton and our one aim is to make people smile! :o)
Describe the products you currently make to sell
We design and handprint our own range of screenprints and tote bags. We also have a lovely range of greetings cards, relief prints, digital prints and badges. We are passionate about bold and bright design, clever wordplay and visual puns. You can view our entire range here: http://www.hellododoshop.etsy.com
Where and when do you design and make your products?
We design and print everything in our tiny flat..which is a challenge! It means that we can spend our days off from the day job and evenings working hard though, which is nice.
How long have you been selling your wares and how did it begin?
Last week was our 1st Birthday! We met at uni in 2004 where Jam studied Graphic Design & Typography and Ali studied Photography. We never intended to collaborate but eventually pent up creativity and the same silly sense of humour got us thinking about what we could do. Screenprinting seemed like a good half way house between our skills.
What drew you to the Brighton area, if you are not a ‘native’?
We have lived in Brighton for two years now and we feel very much at home. We were attracted by how creative, friendly and exciting it is…and the seaside aspect of course!
Any other crafty disciplines you like to practice?
Ali is a photographer and works predominantly with black & white film and old cameras or holgas. She is minus a darkroom at the moment though so screenprinting has become a great alternative. We’ve also recently got engaged and are planning a crazy DIY wedding so will be attempting to learn all sorts of new crafts soon as we plan our décor!
What inspires the things you make?
We draw our inspiration from pretty much anywhere, be it the place we live, a trip to the zoo, a conversation, a song or what we had for dinner! Anything can trigger an idea!
Everything tastes better with chilli in it!