Get to Know... The Unraveling

Get to Know... The Unraveling

An interview with maker The Unraveling as part of our 'Get to Know...' series.

 

Tell us a little about yourself and your business…

Hi! I'm Dominique, the founder of The Unraveling. Based in Edinburgh, I design and create sustainable homeware and accessories. Evolving from my love of organic forms and the mindful process of crochet, The Unraveling came to life in 2020. Drawing on skills from a diverse creative background, including Floristry and Fashion Design, I sought to create mindful designs to evoke a slow lifestyle.


Where are you based?

Edinburgh


Tell us a secret about you?

Hah, I have zero filter (I blame ADHD). You are likely to get my entire life story in one sitting if we strike up conversation. With that in mind, it’s hard to keep anything about myself a secret!


How do you make your work?

Crochet has always been my favoured discipline due to its organic qualities, enabling the work to evolve in a fluid way. The mindful process allows for designs to be stripped back and reworked, developing naturally and reducing waste.


Describe your studio…

I work from home, giving me the flexibility to work around family life. Showing my daughter you can do what you love and love what you do! If I am going stir crazy however, I'm lucky that I can take my work with me to a shared workspace or cafe, giving me space to mix up my working environment.


Tell us about your materials - where do you source them from and are they important to you?

I always endeavour to make ethical and sustainable choices when working. Using recycled cotton and fast growing fibres which don't require pesticides. It's so important to me that I minimise my impact on the planet.


Why is it important to you that your work is made as responsibly and sustainably as possible?

If I'm honest, my daughter is my main motivation to work responsibly and sustainably. I want to lead by example, demonstrating that we are all responsible for our actions and how those actions can impact our planet.


How and why did you start your small business?

I started The Unraveling in lockdown, desperate for a creative outlet whilst juggling a screaming toddler, confined to the house! It began by combining my love of plants with my love of crochet. Endeavouring to create relaxing and mindful spaces to relax in.

What do you love most about your small business and do you have a favourite piece of work?

As a small business owner, no day is the same! Keeping it fresh and more open to the creative practice. You have to show up for yourself, which instils an intentional practice of self and business growth.


What do you think are the benefits of people supporting independent business?

Individuality!!

What are your favourite things about PRIOR - both as a customer and a supplier?

It's ethos! What an amazing haven for creative talent! Such a beacon for artists and customers who want to make sustainable, but beautiful choices.


Do you have a goal for where you’d love your business to be in the future?

I would love to continue to grow and develop my skills, expanding on my designs and ranges.

View The Unravelling's handmade collection at Prior Shop here


(Interview date: 5th March 2024)
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