Meet the Maker: Fashion Author Camilla Morton
Welcome to a world where fashion meets craft.… Author and fashion writer Camilla Morton has a chat with us about her favourite crafts, her work and her upcoming craft book, which features projects from many well-known figures from the fashion world…
Fashion Writer and Author Camilla Morton
If you could only pick one craft to indulge in for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Something with glitter. Perhaps it would be decorating Christmas windows, or making snowglobes, but something that would add magic and imagination to the everyday.
How did you get into fashion?
I read fairytales, and wanted to work in a world of make believe, and fashion seemed to have it all, the dresses, the glamour, the drama! I studied art for A level, then went to St Martins to study fashion and ended up moving to Paris to work in a couture house.
There is so much more to life than Google, you have to experience every opportunity that comes your way.
Tell us about the funniest moment of your career
There have been many unforgettable moments, and I am very lucky that my job doesn’t seem like a job, it is more I am having fun with the most inspiring and creative people I know. From shoots, to backstage at fashion shows, to dreaming up the projects in my book I have been very lucky. I think each and every moment add together and have created something extraordinary, but if I had to pick one defining moment it would be when I
was in Paris, and discovered my hotel room had been robbed. I lost all my clothes, passport, and sketchbooks. But that night as I tried to list all the things that mattered, and all that I had lost instead my friend sat me down and helped me write a list of all the things I wanted to learn how to do… That friend was John Galliano, and the list turned into my book How to Walk in High Heels.
Describe to us your workspace….What is it like?
As a writer a lot of my workspace is in my head… so can happen anytime, anywhere. My desk at home looks out of the window, and has pictures and books all around me that inspire me. I also go into an office a few days a week and I have made this as similar to my desk at home, I think you need to have your personality and objects around you that can spark your imagination. There is so much more to life than Google, you have to experience every opportunity that comes your way.
What inspires you?
People inspire me. People that are original, innovative, creative, the contributors to Make Life Beautiful are just that.
Tell us about your new book. How did you come up with the idea?
Make Life Beautiful is inspired by just that. MAKING. I think nowadays everything is so busy and fast paced, and this book gathered together over 50 designers that I love and asked them to show me something they would create if they were asked to turn off the internet and turn on their imagination. Fashion has such a hectic schedule, and sometimes the business and the pace forgets that its essentially craft and there to be worn and enjoyed. This book is a collection of designer names and ideas to give you ideas of things to make, eat, do with friends, families and have fun with; that is what makes life beautiful – enjoying it and sharing it.
I think fashion can sometimes seem elitist, but I hope this project will marry the two worlds and both can see how much fun there is to fashion
What’s your favourite project in the book?
My favourite thing is the unexpected things that people choose as their favourites. You might pick one project for the designer, another because the project catches your eye, but they are all a mix of such lovely ideas I hope you will have many favourites.
What projects were you most surprised by and why?
Some projects I was surprised how complicated simple things are to explain simply! Other times I was surprised at how brilliantly things would turn out. Most of all I was thrilled with how all my friends, and contributors were so generous and helped me bring this project to life with so many unexpected ideas.
Why did you decide to write a craft book?
Its an inspiration book. Fashion and craft – its all about making life beautiful. I think fashion can sometimes seem elitist, but I hope this project will marry the two worlds and both can see how much fun there is to fashion, but also fashion will see that little ideas can be crafted and created at home.
Do you think craft and fashion influence each other?
It is like a violin and a bow. You need both to create something really harmonious.
Who are your favourite people to follow in the fashion world?
The contributors in this book. From Manolo Blahnik to Michael Howells to Matthew Williamson all the people in this book and all the new names and emerging talent in fashion and beyond is constantly exciting to follow.
I hope that people will show me what projects they enjoyed making in Make Life Beautiful. I have a catalogue of special projects I am looking forward to sharing with you all at Hobbycraft. I am currently working on publishing and editing some books, and in the new year will start writing again, possibly its time to add some more fairytales to my series…