I’m very pleased to have Vacant Echo sell with us at this Christmas’s Brighton Craftaganza market. They embody the ‘contemporary’ element I really hope to infuse the market with AND they create products for guys! Which, as we’ve discussed, is a pretty rare thing in the craft/handmade scene. Let’s hear from the guys themselves about their work and inspiration…
Please introduce yourself….
We are Vacant Echo, a small Brighton clothing business run by Damien and Colette two enthusiastic t-shirt artists, cyclists, beard grower (Damien) and bakers.
Describe the products you currently make to sell
We design a variety of t-shirts and jumpers which are both hand painted and screen printed. We create and hand print all our products, having fun coming up with designs we think our customers will find amusing. Check out some of our designs on our ASOS Market place shop.
Where and when do you design and make your products?
In our ittty-bitty studio (Colette’s twin’s bedroom while she’s run off to university). We always find time to design whenever we have a free moment, and we love hand painting our galaxy products as each one is different and unique.
How long have you been selling your wares and how did it begin?
August this year we both wanted galaxy t-shirts and at the time no one was selling them, so we thought we’d have a go ourselves. Colette had just finished a Art Foundation Degree and so was still pretty creative, this really helped and after making one we couldn’t stop! This then lead on to more designs and venturing into the world of screen printing. This included creating some designs for Movember to raise money for their cause.
What drew you to the Brighton area, if you are not a ‘native’?
We are both born and bread Brightonians and don’t plan on moving away for a while, as when we leave we just want to come back.
Any other crafty disciplines you like to practice?
Both of us have studied a variety of art courses so are pretty involved in art, though at the moment Vacant Echo is our main focus and probably will be for some time as we want to start branching out into more varieties of clothing.
What inspires the things you make?
All our products are inspired in small personal ways so they all mean something to us, many of our designs being quite humorous. We also design and are inspired to create what we think will make people smile.
“Your business is like your beard, the more it grows the better it gets” this is slightly influenced by Damien as he has a fine beard.