Over the Christmas break I had the pleasure to spend some time in Fred Butler's studio, in Angel, helping her with some ongoing projects, including pieces for her new collection, to be featured in London Fashion Week 2009. Fred is an accessories and prop designer, making colourful and unusual pieces used in photoshoots and worn by musicians like Patrick Wolf. I made lots of things, including pompoms inspired by licorice all sorts (as seen above). My time with Fred allowed me to peek into life as a designer in London, not to mention to meet some successful and creative people, like Judy Blame, to visit scary places like Dalston market (!) and fun spots like the Double Bar. I also had the pleasure of being with Fred during her radio debut, where she spoke to Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 for his 'good day bad day' feature! Fred is very inspiring, and it was lovely to meet her and to see how she works on a day to day basis.