I’ve been following the DIY inspiration blog A Pair and a Spare for some time now, and I love how Geneva showcases a huge amount of DIY ideas, along with her own amazing projects. She’s also quite the sewist, whipping up maxi skirts and sexy body-hugging dresses effortlessly, and has an eye for bold, chunky jewelry that looks gorgeous with her designs. I thought it would be really great to talk with her a little further about her blog – and D.I.Y. of course! – so here is my interview with her below:
Where did you grow up and what is your background?
How did you start your blog?
I started my blog after seeing a few others that I liked, but never honestly thought that anyone would want to read it. At first it was more like an image library of things that I liked, but one of my best friends said in passing that my love of DIY would lend itself to a focus for the blog – and I guess the rest is history. I think that having a blog has really helped me to define my style and my love of DIY fashion, as Blogs and the type of real world fashion they showcase are such a positive aspect of the industry. In the past there were such limited outlets for people interested in style and fashion to meaningfully tap into, with magazines showcasing a very small cross section what fashion actually is. Bring able to see fashion, whether bought or made, on real people in their real lives is so interesting to me and has helped me appreciate individual style so much more. I find it so inspiring having a blog, particularly when I see how many people out there love the same things as me – I get such an incredible rush seeing people using my DIY tutorials and inspirations.
Bloggers you admire?
How did you get started with DIY and making your own pieces?
How would characterize yourself: a customizer? DIY’er? Deconstructionist? Crafter? Something else?
Do you feel that DIY’ing is a movement or subculture at all? Or just a hobby to pass the time? Something in response to the economy?
What are your favorite DIY materials to work with? Favorite techniques? Favorite past projects?
You’re currently living in Hong Kong right now…what brought you there and how long are you planning on being there?
How would you describe Hong Kong to someone who’s never been there?
Do you see people there customizing and putting their own personal stamp on their fashions at all?
What would be your dream job?
Future plans for your site or otherwise?
I have a few major projects in the pipeline this year that will hopefully allow me to combine a number of my passions, but I won’t say anymore as I don’t want to jinx myself. On a more general level – the plan for this year for the blog includes weekly DIYs that draw inspiration from current trends and collections. With detailed instructions so everyone can ge amongst it!
DIY Sheer Cut Out Wrap Top and vintage spotted skirt
Please check out Geneva’s blog A Pair and a Spare for a major overload of all that is lovely and DIY!!
Thanks, Geneva, for a wonderful interview!
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