Oscha designer, Evonne, answers your questions about working at Oscha HQ, designing the woven fabrics for our gorgeous baby carriers. These questions were kindly submitted by members of Clan Oscha, our Facebook community.
How does one become an Oscha designer?
Well, I have a degree in Printed Textiles (- not weave like you may imagine!) and Laura, our design assistant, has a degree in Digital Media – so a pretty diverse mix. You need a combination of hand drawing skills, an eye for pattern, repeat making skills and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator know how.
How do you handle having such an awesome job?
I haven’t, it’s all gone to my head.
Do you work alone on the patterns or in teams?
Both, sometimes someone else will have drawn something and I’ll put it into repeat and get it ready for weave – other times I’ll work on something from start to finish on my own.
Who do you design in mind? Parents? Babies? Trends?
I do research trends at the beginning of each collection, however, I’m very selective with which trends I choose to work with. Oscha’s should be timeless, it’s not fast fashion – these wraps are worn for years and often are converted into other items or kept to pass on to the wearer’s children when they are old enough. I usually think of the sling as being an accessory for the wearer.
Our cottolin and wild silk blend is well loved by our customers! Perfect from newborn to toddler, this is a versatile blend which is a great option for those new to wrapping. Easy to tighten with a good amount of grip & glide this soft blend is a natural all-rounder.
Soft and strong organic combed cotton is mixed with a hint of linen in the warp, this adds a delicate strength while maintaining the malleability and drape of the cotton. Wild silk is naturally breathable and strong with little bulk. The gorgeous mouldability of this blend allows pass to glide and knot easily, with a good grip meaning it stays in place with little sag even when carrying bigger kids.
Read on for reviews from Oscha customers who have tried this blend. Please bear in mind that wrapping qualities can be a very personal experience!
As we add new colourways to our Coastal Collection this summer, we welcome 3 new designs to the Oscha family. Our organic combed cotton soft aqua warp is the perfect backdrop for showcasing these new ocean inspired patterns.
Developed from our designer, Evonne’s, original drawings, this marine-scape is a magical, illustrative take on life under-the-sea. Flowing seaweeds and spiralling corals interlock in ever changing ways in this intricate design. The more you look at the delicate lines of this new pattern, the more you feel yourself diving into the tropical deeps to swim amongst the marine life! Shown in a simple aqua and ecru colourway this wrap is the perfect way to showcase this complex new design.
We look to the British seaside for the sugared tones of our new Portobello Collection: sun, sea & sand are the inspiration for this nostalgic nod to the staycations of our childhoods. The fresh pastel colours of candyfloss, ice lollies & timeless British beach huts combine with airy weaves and specially selected summer yarns, making the Portobello Collection a perfect choice this summer.
There is nothing more reminiscent of British summertime than sandy sandwiches eaten next to pastel toned beach huts and faded fishing boats. This Collection is named after our local beach Portobello; a suburb of the Scottish capital famous for its Georgian & Victorian architecture, as well as its long sandy beaches and wonderfully faded aesthetic.
Any sunny summer day will see hundreds of people flock from the city and surrounding areas to make the most of the weather by paddling in the freezing waters, munching on candyfloss and 99s and maybe having a fish supper by the shore.
This month we focus on wool in our ongoing series of yarn blogs. We’ll join Vicki as she chases the sheep out of her garden, whilst paying homage to these amazing animals and investigating the wonderful baby wrapping properties of wool.
I’m having a wee bit of a problem with wild life in my garden; for a change it’s not rabbits eating my petunias, nor crows dive bombing the windows – the sheep have broken through from the neighbouring field and they think my shrubs are delicious. To be honest it’s surprising we haven’t had a visit sooner, for apparently Scotland has more sheep than people living upon our fair land.
The Elemental Collection mixes the A/W 16 trend “Elemental” with S/S17’s “Edgeland” to create a warm, comforting Collection which embraces the last days of winter, while pushing forward towards Springtime positivity.
We have taken inspiration from our surroundings for the colour palate of the Elemental Collection. Stunning Scottish skies – from countryside to city – burn from warm purple, through teals and pinks every morning and evening creating a striking fade that we have aimed to evoke in our choice of colours this season.
We have harnessed the warmth of pastel tones to evoke a cosy, delicate feel. This Collection aims to create an inner sanctuary – a cocoon against the windswept wilds of the late winter months, whilst reminding the wearer of spring and the optimism of new beginnings.
We are proud to present The Middle-Earth Collection, the official collection of baby wraps and ring slings inspired by the world of J.R.R Tolkien.
This collection is the result of a long-held desire here at Oscha to create a collection inspired by the world set out in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Drawing inspiration from the rich tales in the works of Tolkien, and with exclusive rights from Middle-earth Enterprises, we have created a series of gorgeous designs steeped in a mythology that has enthralled generations of children and adults.
With designs reflecting every detail of this world, from the geography of Middle-earth to individual characters, this Collection spans the breadth of this immersive tale.
We feel that the carefully crafted creation of this world naturally complements Oscha’s unique, timeless aesthetic. A shared dedication to creating a considered piece of art, along with a devotion to the minutiae of this folklore has allowed us to bring Middle-earth to life in an authentic and tasteful way: creating truly wearable art for our fans.
We are delighted to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Anangu artist Elizabeth Close on a new design – Skipping Stones. Elizabeth creates contemporary & traditional Australian Aboriginal Art inspired by her surroundings and heritage. Elizabeth’s strong connections with the babywearing community has made this process and the final result even more touching for us. Read Zoe’s interview with Elizabeth below to hear more about how she became an artist, her influences and what inspired this particular pattern.
Skipping stones has been woven on the ‘Surf’ Warp (from our Oceania collection) and will make at least one more appearance this year.
Firstly we’d like to say how delighted we are to have this opportunity to work with you after being such a fan of your artwork! Can you tell us a bit about how you became an artist?
Hi Zoe! It’s exciting for me too! Thanks so much for approaching me! I’m not wearing as much as I used to now that my smallest is an independent being that wants to walk and run, so it’s lovely to still be involved in the community I love so much. I do however have my third baby on the way, so I look forward to wearing my babies for years to come.
Elizabeths painting inspired by motherhood and an image of her carrying her child in an Oscha Woven wrap she designed for the Australian Babywearing Conference in 2015.
In some ways, I’ve always been an artist. As I moved into high school, I didn’t enjoy art classes because I found it so constricting. They wanted me to learn about light and shade and study the work of other artists – and all I wanted to do was paint my own things in my own style! So I gave it up at year 10. I’ve always kind of dabbled in my own projects, and I continued to dabble as I became an adult, doing some works on canvas.
“My grandmother, my single most important link to my culture, used to teach me to paint and draw – she was very creative.”