Lickorishlatex is made up of Nick and Jo, two artists/designers with very different styles, tastes and strengths. Being so different, their design process can be rather volatile, but once they've picked up the chairs and cleaned away the broken crockery, they're usually left with something beautiful and unique.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Nick.
We are both creative and flamboyant dressers and Jo has always made her own (unique) clothes. (When I first met her she was making a miniskirt out of a discarded traffic cone cover!?) We both love rubber clothes but at the time there was no exciting latex available locally, so we decided we'd make our own. As it turned out, we happened to be quite good at it, and every time we wore our creations out people would try to buy them from us. So we started taking orders, and within 6 months I'd quit my job to do it full time.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Mine I think is dancing, whereas Jo's is having a picnic on the beach in the sunshine and a cuddle. (Awwwwww.)
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Our biggest challenge IS running our business! We're a pair of artists, not business people, so its been quite a steep learning curve for us. I'm sure I don't need to tell you or your crafty readers that there's precious little money to be made from selling your creations, so you can't go frittering it away on paying people to do the things you don't know how to do. So you have to learn how to do them yourself.
Thankfully, the chalk and cheesyness of me and Jo has been a real asset, and meant that if there's something one of us really can't do, the other seems to have a knack for it. Jo does all our stall stuff, and sales, and internet community things, while I do the website, any computer based design work, the spreadsheets, all of the typically boy things I suppose.
This has started to change now as the business has become more successfull and grown we're able to start fielding out some of the things we're not very good at, or would just prefer not to do, like the accounting, and modelling! We even used to have to model ourselves, which was hilarious to us, but thankfully we've started using actual models now. Although there are still the odd pictures of Jo kicking about the website, like our armband promo poster which I'm sure Jo wont mind me linking to here.
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Hmmm, a little difficult to answer being a boy. If I was a girl, it'd definitely be something from our latest "skullkadot" range. Probably the skullkadot dress thats not yet in any of our online shops, but is in our stall stock. Its a halterneck dress with a sweetheart neckline and kickpleat, with the front panel having a skullkadot pattern on it. Its fantastic!
However, being a boy and not really having the legs for that type of thing, (hairy, nobbly knees would just ruin the aesthetic) I'd go for some sock suspenders. They're surprisingly addictive!
Jo says she would like someone to buy her some laced corset braces please.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I've never really known what I wanted to do, even at University where I did a philosophy degree - about as un-vocational as you can get. I remember dreaming of being a computer artist, but its certainly not what I expected to be.
I've just asked Jo and she says she wanted to "make stuff", so mission accomplished for her then.
What other shops or artists out there do you love?
I love the work by our friend Doktor A, who is a fantastic artist and makes a marvelous line of steampunk character toys.
Jo has just reminded me about Madame Horror, who trades at a lot of the festivals we trade at, and makes the most fantastic "Sock Horrors". Hand-made stuffed toys with a distinctly macabre theme. Our nieces are acquiring quite a collection of those! [Be sure to check out the SCS interview with Madame Horror here - Ed]
What does your future hold?
Our accessories are currently stocked in a small number of shops around the world - a small number that we'd like to increase.
We're desperate to get more of our garment designs out there and have a couple of fashion shows coming up in the next 6 months.
And we're about to appear in Bizarre magazine in the next couple of months.
Further than that we're not entirely sure, but we'll be very excited to find out!
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