The School of Life has collaborated with The Liminal Space to curate a Tour of Designer-Makers of London's East End on Saturday 27 July. Ahead of this special excursion we asked a couple of our talented hosts some questions on the creative process and the East End influence. Here, quintessentially British tailor Timothy Everett MBE and award winning artisan jeweller Tomasz Donocik give us their answers.
What inspires you?
Timothy Everest: All things Spitalfields—it's truly inspiring here. Movies—I love watching anything from Ealing comedies to La Dolce Vita to James Bond. I’m currently watching The Man Who Fell To Earth. And then there’s music, travel, food, and of course, art.
Tomasz Donocik: I find inspiration everywhere; I think it depends on how I feel at the time to what I will be most receptive to. Recently, I’ve found it in simple lines and patterns which—translated into jewellery—has created some striking lines and complex settings.
How has East London influenced you?
TD: The community here is creative and with other designers and craftspeople working around, we are always sharing advice. It’s a great place to work and hidden away in the workshop feels like a piece of Old London.
TE: We've been here since 1989 and to me it's always been a left-field contemporary take on London—constantly evolving, always changing.
Do you look to the future or the past? How does that perspective come out in your work?
TE: In order to understand the future one has to acknowledge the past, but be very much rooted in the present. I could be influenced by a film, but I'm not interested in making clothing from 1952 unless it has relevance to today. I strive to be modern.
TD: I look to the future. I want to see the next thing, the new thing. I get bored easily and I want to see new designs, inspirations and go for the next achievement. Especially in jewellery where there are new materials and technologies to challenge. Nonetheless, the past is something that fascinates me—giving stories to discover and learn from. Seeing how the past has influenced our culture, art, design is of great interest.
What would you like the tour participants to take away from visiting you?
TD: I hope they are inspired. It’s always wonderful to talk to people who want to hear what you do and take an interest in your passion.
TE: I'd like guests to be informed about the world of British tailoring, and our unique Spitalfields approach to business. We do things quite differently to traditional Savile Row tailors.
For tickets on the tour and much more please click here.
Images by Stephanie Wolff or © Timothy Everest Tailors, London