I am currently working with Staatsballet Berlin.
So I know how it feels to be a dancer:
I design things from experience and daily observation!
The 'Alice skirts' all have a black stretch herringbone ribbon which is a tribute to the Degas ballerinas of our heritage.
I wanted to acknowledge tradition and recreate something 'classic'!
I used to hate ballet skirts!
I became so exasperated looking for the perfect cut I had to make my own.
I am now obviously a complete convert.
I have about 12 skirts.
EVERYTHING on Designed by Alice is handmade.
Either my me or two very lovely 'makers' in the UK.
You can be assured that everthing is made to the highest quality by people who care greatly about what they produce.
I like to think that I am not just offering a product, either as a dancer or a 'business'.
I think about everthing I do in great detail, but ultimately what I produce comes from inspiration and a complete passion to create something purposeful that is both good and special.
(Ask the people who know me ... they know how inspired and then hyper active I can become.)
When I am not dancing,
or having to sew my pointe shoes,
or doing businessy style accounts,
(or any of the above)
I like to make little beings!
I love to draw.
In addition to my work on www.deisgnedbyalice.co.uk I have also done some illustration for brands, educational books, a charity event and I am currently working on a commission series of six books for children.
I also get very inspired collaborating with other people.
Dicussing, probleming solving and creating things with another questioning mind is one of my absolutely favourite things to do ( apart from dancing, obviously!)
I don't profess to being a brilliant photographer, but all the images you see on my website are mine.
I find it helps having a dancer behind the camera as well as in front, we speak the same language, understanding both the code of aesthics that we aspire to as dancers and able to communicate direction clearly.
It's alwasy fun on a shoot!
And after all of that I feel I should say that I often feel a bit like a one man band ... and so I always really appreciate the support I receive,
in whatever form it may be!