Fashion Revolution Week - Meet Naomi from Ziggy High Design!

Ziggy High Design - Love Australian Handmade


Hi, I'm Naomi! I made your clothes! Let me start by telling you a bit about myself!

My name is Naomi I am a Sydney based designer and maker, mother of two and I am a dedicated foriager of anything vintage or quirky which I can incorporate into my designs. I mainly make one of a kind children’s clothing and decor but I also make women's clothing. As well as my own handmade business. I also run an online shop Sustainable Handmade Collective which stocks 20+ handmade designers who design with sustainable principles, methods and materials.  I love that I have been able to start a space which promotes and celebrates women makers who have similar design ethos and styles as my own.

What is your business? When did you start your handmade journey and why?

I started my own handmade business, Ziggy High Design in 2013 after years of working in brand licensing and corporate banking, working 14 hour days and feeling like my creativity was dying and after a few extended backpacker trips through India and South East Asia and the death of my mother to suicide, I craved for something more in life that made my heart sing and my creativity soar. I fell pregnant, had my daughter, I took extended leave and decided to do everything I could to try and make a business out of my passion. Baby two is 2.5 now and I am still on the journey.

Attached is one of my very early pieces not my first but it was created in the first year I started my business in 2013. A sweet children's decor piece made from scrap fabrics and materials.

Ziggy High Design - Love Australian Handmade

What is the most recent handmade piece you've made and tell us a bit about it!

Something more recent from me are a few favorites from the last month or so, as you can see anything goes with me. 

Ziggy High Design - Love Australian Handmade

What was your favourite piece to make and why?

One of my all time favourite pieces of all time is an embroidery hoop art fabric collage.  I love this because of the feelings it evokes. It was made from sewing and stitching tiny fabric and cotton scraps by machine and hand onto calico and then mounted into a hoop. These works take over 14 hours and they bring me the utmost peace and satisfaction throughout the whole process.

Ziggy High Design - Love Australian Handmade

Why are you so passionate about handmade? Why do you do, what you do?
Handmade is important to be because we live in a society which is so fast paced, mass produced and throw away!   It’s hard to find unique individual and quality products.  I value creativity and style which communicates more deeply to an individual than a mass produced design. I love the idea of someone having the creativity and the skills to see out their vision from start to finish. I feel pride that I am one of those people and I can trust that something I make will have longevity and outlast all that is made with more hands but less love.
What's coming next?

My next two major collections coming up in winter and spring are a upcycled denim collection where all pieces are designed from repurposed denim jeans. I am also working on the Cornflake girl collection which is a extremely quirky and dainty collection of vintage inspired boho fairy skirts and dresses.

Ziggy High Design - Love Australian Handmade

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