I've always sewed, made things and decided to be a fashion designer at the age of 10. True(ish!) to my word I went to college studied fashion and became a patterncutter in London for 15 years, and finally moved to Warwickshire when we couldn't stand to be on the underground any longer with my head at armpit height!!
Iris and Lily was actually started a while ago with a friend (the Iris half, now on a maternity break, but she'll be back!) . We tried to sell our wares at a few craft shows, but were outsold by a lady selling mice made from thistles.... mmmm nice. So I decided that perhaps wasn't an ideal 'shop front' and maybe this is, allowing me to join in with all the other inspirational handcrafters out there.