In her own words:
Hiya! I’m Jessica Elizabeth, by day a very hard working textiles student in Nottingham, UK and by night (and weekends and often by day too) I am a designer and maker, working under the name MakeDo and Mend – my favourite textiles quote. I love making things, have been sewing since the age of 11 and have a very VERY loud inner child. These factors all collided and earlier this year I started making what I call Beings. They’re not human, nor animal, and nowhere near angry enough to be monsters. They are simply Beings, making day to day life that little bit more bearable for us hardworking folk.
Most of the Beings that inhabit my world have long legs, or arms or ears, so they can be wrapped around you, giving you a warm hug (as I type Big Gary is curled around my neck, keeping out the winter chill!) and many of them have square faces and square eyes. We watch a lot of TV at my house! My favourite fabrics are fake furs in neutral shades and bright coloured, bold patterned cottons and poplins.
I started my Etsy shop at the beginning of October, after planning and making since July. As everything is completely handmade and hand designed by me I tend to list new items every four or five days as I like each Being to be very carefully made and I always end up loving them so much it is a wrench to sell them! I plan to be making and selling very far into the future – at the moment I have a sketchbook full of designs for my next Beings! – And ultimately I’d love to run my own shop, stocking Beings and other wonderful creations.
As well as checking my Etsy frequently for new Beings, you can follow me on Twitter for bitesize updates and Tumblr for teasers, ideas and information about all upcoming listings, craft fairs and stockists.
So visit my shop, sit down, have a bun, and immerse yourself in the world of Beings by MakeDo and Mend.