A collection of past and present collaborations.
Mighty Well is a clothing and accessories brand selling adaptive wear for those with illnesses and/or disabilities. The aim of this collaboration was to create decorative patches that would speak to the strength found in the community, without using language that would alienate those with incurable conditions.
The resting patch was designed as a reminder that time spent resting is not wasted time, and is actually incredibly important. Fighting is often thought of as a physical action, whereas deliberate inaction is often necessary to maintain or improve our health. Resting when you desperately want to be active is a struggle and I wanted to shine a light on the strength that can take at times.
The strength patch was designed as a reminder that there is strength in growth, and there is strength in being vulnerable. It doesn't always look like much from the outside, but is sometimes the quiet continuing on in the face of adversity. Strength sometimes starts small, but that doesn't mean it's less-than, and doesn't mean it can't grow into more.
Together the designs are intended to remind people that however you're choosing to dealing with things at the moment, your choices are valid. Whether you're actively fighting or taking a breather, both of those times are equally important and you should feel proud of yourself for both.
Papergang is a monthly stationery subscription box ran by UK stationery and giftware brand Ohh Deer, and I was the designer behind the February 2020 box. The aim of the collaboration was to create a range of products that were inclusive for those with chronic health issues, free from cliches surrounding productivity, mind over matter, and work hard play harder. We created a range of products designed to reassure people that they matter, and that they're enough.
Everyone has hard times, no one is productive 24/7. Whether they're healthy or not. I wanted to push back against hustle culture and show brands that that's not what we want anymore - if we ever did. I wanted to show the industry that we matter, the disabled viewpoint and experience is important, and we deserve better. We deserve nice things too.
For every 4 boxes sold a tree was planted in collaboration with Tree Aid, and for every box sold £1 was donated to the ME Association.
This box was limited edition and is so longer available, but an interview with me can be found on the Ohh Deer blog here. I also wrote a blog post detailing my thought process behind the individual designs, which can be found here.
A selection of these A5 Valentines cards are now available to purchase, free from gendered language and created with those with health issues in mind. I wanted to create a range that was lighthearted and honest, poor health (although obviously a serious matter) doesn't have to be solemn all the time. If you feel like making light of it and send a card to your partner letting them know how you feel then I've got you covered!
I deliberately wanted to include one that references sex, as it's often a topic that is skipped over when illness and disability is discussed. However there's also several cards that make no such reference if your relationship isn't or can't be sexual in nature.
Please know that if you find this holiday difficult then you are not alone, even if it feels like it. As always I want This Thing to be a space where everyone feels welcome, safe and supported.
Cards available here.