Hundred Club Clothing

SOON met with Gabby and Scott of ‘Hundred Club,’ a small independent clothing label currently based in Exeter, to learn a bit more about where and when the project got started and hear all about the inspiration behind the latest collection.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your brand…
I’m Gabby, I’m 21, from East London and I’m in my final year at Exeter University. In my spare time I play around on Adobe Illustrator, designing and creating print ideas for my clothing label Hundred Club.

Where did the name come from?
It comes from the idea of each piece being super limited. Getting a piece from Hundred Club is like being part of an exclusive / secret club because we only make 100 prints of everything. When they’re gone, they’re gone!

When did it all start?
I was fed up of everyone being led into buying the same things from big retail chains, or how expensive it is to buy more exclusive items (I’m looking at you Supreme!) so I found a small UK printing team and released my first piece in August 2017.

Who’s on the team? Do you make everything yourselves?
It’s just me and my boyfriend! We take my laptop everywhere and come up with new ideas and designs on the go; be it on the tube, in a cafe or even on facetime! When we are finally happy with a design we get them printed, and we package and ship them all out of my flat.

Who are your main icons? Are you particularly influenced by a certain designer or fashion label?
I try not to look too much at what other people are doing, but I take a lot of inspiration from people watching, magazines, collaging, and even Instagram… I name every item after people that inspire me. Some other clothing companies I find really inspiring are Paloma Wool, Lazy Oaf and Golf Wang.

So you’re about to release some new products, tell us a bit about what’s new? 
We have just released a new tote and 2 new tees! The tote has little faces in an abstract design, and the tees feature a line drawing of a girl, with a beret, because berets are where it’s at!

What are your hopes for Hundred Club’s future?
To keep releasing stuff that people love, and staying original! I’d love to do a pop up shop at some point, and look to collaborate with more creative people!

To see more from Hundred Club, head over to their Website or follow them on Instagram

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Young and Creative: Ewan Bodenham

As part of the ‘Young and Creative’ Series SOON interviewed Ewan Bodenham, a Science student from London, who spends his free time up-cycling second hand clothing with hand embroidered designs. 

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Introduce yourself and your work.
My name is Ewan Bodenham, I’m 20, a Natural Sciences student at UCL and my work consists of hand embroidered designs on clothes. My designs are often natural forms such as plants, but are sometimes more abstract designs. Doing a science degree is great, but I find it doesn’t often give me a chance to think for myself, so embroidery is really a means of being creative and expressing my ideas. It’s also a great way of justifying lazing around, because at least then I’m being productive in some way.

How long have you been making art?
Only since January 2017. I’d never tried doing embroidery before but asked for a few bits to give it a go for Christmas and have been doing it when I find the time to since then. I’ve not had any lessons or watched any videos on how to do it, I just give it a go and see what works and what doesn’t.

Describe your work in three words.
Hit and miss.

Describe the way you work in three words.
The way I work in 3 words… Think, sketch, stitch!

What’s your favourite colour?
Green.

How long do you spend on each piece of work?
It varies greatly- some pieces take a couple of weeks, others I can start and finish in an evening.

What’s your favourite environment to work in?
I do embroidery to relax so normally just in my bedroom, listening to music or talking to friends.

Who inspires you?
James Merry. I started embroidery because I wanted one of his pieces but couldn’t afford one, so I tried my hand at making a poor man’s version for myself. Since then I’ve gone on to try out a few of my own ideas, mainly using Instagram for inspiration.

What’s your favourite piece of work you’ve ever made?
Probably the first piece I made- the fuchsia growing around the umbra logo. It let me try out a bunch of different techniques and I think it came out looking really nice.

Where would you like to be in 10 years time with your work?
I don’t see it ever being more than something I do for my own enjoyment, but I’d definitely like to see my work get more complex and neat with time.

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What’s your ‘Something Out Of Nothing’? One of life’s simple pleasures that you absolutely love…
I love being on a beach. The sound of waves, the feeling of sand and the smell of sea spray all make me really content and appreciative of our planet.


Ring Carving with Maggie Cross

In December I returned to Bara Menyn and met up with the wonderful Maggie Cross just before she started one of her glorious Make it in Wales ‘Carve A Ring’ classes. I managed to steal her away to ask her a couple of questions about her journey, process and work, before shadowing her whilst the workshop took place.



So Maggie, when did you start making Jewellery?  Well, Pete Bodenham/ Pete Bod the God, the pottery tutor, used to give me a lift into Carmarthen Foundation from St. Dogs every day and he persuaded me to take the 3D pathway. I think it was mainly because there were tons of girls doing fashion and textiles, so I thought that’s what I wanted to do. But he said “Come on Maggie you’re cooler than that .. there’s no girls on 3D, come and do 3D”, so I did and it all started there really.

After foundation did you then go on to train as a jeweller?  Yes, I spent three years doing a BA Honours in Birmingham which was really nice! It wasn’t like the normal uni experience, because it was like a little jewellery land in a town where everything was jewellery related. It was a red brick building without any boys, apart from maybe a couple. I lived away from all other kinds of students and it was very much a little jewellery life in its own little land.

Can you remember the first piece of jewellery you ever made?  The very first pieces that I made, that were jewellery… I think they were out of clay on foundation, but they were absolutely vile so I don’t know whether they count because they’re long gone. The first piece that I remember making and liking though was probably during second year in university when I did my coastal ‘Welshy’ collection.

Does a lot of your inspiration come from nature?  …Yeah, more like from my surroundings probably. My first project at uni was based around the Pembrokeshire coast and barnacles, and then my second project there was about the more urban landscape in Birmingham.

What three words would you use to best describe your work? Ooooh, that’s a tricky one… I’d say maybe minimal… quite rough? and… imperfect.

Minimal, rough and imperfect.

What made you start doing these workshops? I started to work for a local company called Make it in Wales last year, after I had my baby. I started working with them, when Suzi, my friend’s mum, clocked on that she needed a little assistant, so, one day, she took me on a little trip with Harriet and Emily and I was like ‘this is weird… ooh she’s buying me lunch,’ and she started to interview me a little bit, which was a bit unexpected, and the next thing I knew I started working for her. Make it in Wales run craft workshops and courses all across West Wales, and she wasn’t going to let me get away with not doing a jewellery workshop so… that’s how I’ve ended up here really.

Is the process you are doing today quite quick?  Yes, it is actually. It’s really lush, I love the process so much! We learnt so many different techniques at university in the first year and then we were able to choose whichever method to carry forward and work in. A lot of people were interested in the traditional methods, so I’ve been trained in that way as well, but I just completely loved this method. So basically what happens is, you carve the piece of wax, do whatever you want to it, then, a silicone mould is made when I send them off to the casters. I work with a really lovely casting company in Birmingham, which is run by nice old men, and they make these silicone moulds which the wax is then sucked out of and the molten silver is poured in.

Where do you prefer to work? On your own or with others?  I’m quite shy so probably on my own, but I don’t tend to do anything when I’m on my own. I think sometimes I need to be forced into a workshop situation with other people where I can be reminded, ‘oh yes! I love jewellery!’ If it’s just me and my sisters, or me and my friends, making jewellery for a bit of fun, I love working like that because I just find that if I sit down on my own I feel like I have to get my business head on and it’s just too serious so I’ll never get round to it.

If you could only wear one item of jewellery for the rest of your life what would it be?  Earrings, I always wear my hoops. I can go down to spar without mascara on, but I feel I have to put hoops in, whereas I don’t wear rings at all, ever. I love making them, they just bother me when I wear them. But I like to have earrings, maybe it’s because I have short hair, I don’t know, but I just have to wear them.

What piece do you think you’re most proud of making?  I was really proud of the barnacle collection in second year, and like I said I haven’t had much time since graduating and having a baby. I am really proud of the workshops though, but I don’t know if I can be proud of all the rings we make here. When I get them back from the casters, I photograph them and I’m like ‘oh my god, these are so gorgeous!’ and everyone comments on my Instagram like ‘oh they’re so lush’, but then I remember I haven’t actually made them? So…

… But you are teaching them the process though, so it’s sort of like a collaboration, Yeah.. a collaboration. I am really liking these workshop results. Oh! I’ve also made, only the one piece and I gave it to my friend as a birthday present, and it’s really annoying you can’t see it because she left it in London, but it’s the only stone I’ve ever set and I don’t know why I haven’t done any more, but I’m definitely going to, because I’m really proud of that piece.


Find upcoming workshops with Maggie on the Make It In Wales website..