Women Who Create / Sandeep Pawar

Women Who Create / Sandeep Pawar. This week I am really happy to introduce you to Sandeep who runs her company Planes workshop a Brighton based craft and party decoration/styling biz. You may recognise her work from our Candy Skull Garland DIY back in the summer!? Each piece of Sandeep’s collection are hand cut, sewn and layered with some of her bigger private commissions taking days to complete… So very worth it as the results are stunning! I hope you enjoy reading about what makes her and her business tick in this fortnight’s instalment of ‘Women Who Create Things’.

Tell us a little about your background… 

I’m a craft based designer from Coventry specialising in felt and paper party decor. From my home in Brighton, I run creative studio ‘Planes Workshop’ where I design party decor from felt and paper.

When I’m not making garlands and cake toppers, I run sister label Mama Wolf; a unisex accessories brand specialising in bespoke neck and bow ties as well as pocket squares and cravats.

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Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focussed and happy?

I sit alone with my sketch book and diary and plan. These two tools enable me to scribble all my ideas down and also plan the months ahead. For me, this is key to staying organised and in turn keeps me calm and focused.

What two things can’t you live without?

Music and shortbread

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

Geometric patterns and nature.

What is the meaning of ‘craft’ to you?

Craft is the purest expression of what dwells in your soul.

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone… who would it be & why?

Beci Orpin. Her work is fresh and without boundaries. To have my name next to hers…OMG I die!

Do you have afavourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

I have a fancy pen for mapping out my designs.

What is the best thing about running your *business/blog/working for yourself?

You set the rules. Sure, these rules have to be business conscious and viable, but it is you making the decisions, taking the risks, creating opportunities. Its f***ing awesome!

What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

Being selected to appear on Channel 4’s Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Christmas where I designed and styled a Christmas table . During a period of self doubt this experience really cemented my belief in myself and encouraged me to work harder keep marching.

 You can find more about Planes Workshop/Mama Wolf … buy your very own piece in Sandeep's store Here and like on Facebook too!

Our next instalment of #Womenwhocreate will feature vegan food blogger and photographer Gabriella of Mangia Bene Blog on April 19th! Mmmm yum x

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