The new studio is coming along...
...the new roof is on now, the spotlamps are up, and we've started decorating. The next step will be the custom build of the new cutting and work benches and storage solutions. Exciting!
(Update: We're all done! Check out the new studio here.)
The new ColieCo studio will give us a little more room, allowing for an extra machinist to join us, whilst also providing additional space for pattern grading and fabric cutting. The aim is to have the new studio fully operational this summer, and we'll keep you updated on progress.
In the meantime, we couldn't think of a better way to fill all of our lovely new wall-space than by commissioning and collecting some lingerie-themed artwork from some of our favourite independent graphic designers and illustrators.
Here's a sneak peak at some of the fantastic pieces we're delighted to have acquired, and a quick lowdown on each of the wonderful talents behind the artwork...
(Before we start, I'd just like to repeat our message thanking everyone who has continued to support small, independent businesses through the recent upheaval.
It's always SMEs that suffer hardest during a downturn, and I *guarantee* that every cent you've spent and social media post you've shared has been very greatly appreciated by those individuals, families and teams you've supported in doing so - people who pour their hearts and souls into their work, every single day.
So thank you again.)
Lucy Blue Tattoo
Lucy is a tattooist and illustrator from the birthplace of ColieCo Lingerie of Leeds, UK, who creates bold, colourful portraits on commission.
We couldn't resist asking her for her take on our ASTRID strappy lingerie set!
(Zero points for identifying the model...)
Are We Nearly Bare Yet?
Avid followers of the ColieCo blog will also recognise this name, as we've featured Are We Nearly Bare Yet? previously in our indie Christmas gift guide.
Louisa Foley is another Leeds-based illustrator whose project aims to subvert the male gaze and reclaim ownership of the 'Nude' for self identifying women.
RIP Bambi's work focuses on body positivity and challenging societal norms on women and their sexuality.
Other influences include everything from fetishism to Japanese culture through mental health and pop culture.
Kara Friederike Illustration
Kara is an independent illustrator based in Hannover, Germany.
Her work translates bold ink line drawings of expressive, liberated women to digital prints for posters and postcards.
Lily Dove Designs
Paloma is a full-time student and mum who still somehow manages to find time to flex her artistic muscles to create beautiful custom-painted denim and leather jackets and digital illustrations by commission.
And whilst we're in the mood...
...here's a little gallery of some of our favourite ColieCo Lingerie fan art that we've collected over the years...
I hope you enjoyed that as much as we did pulling it all together!
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Until next time, please stay safe and look after each other.