Meet the stallholders #3: Amy Laws, Bath-based dressmaker and designer

We’ve not even been going a year but are already honoured to have several traders who have been with us since the very first market in October 2012. We’ve seen them grow as we have – just like our lovely dressmaker and designer, Amy Laws from Bath who you will find in the main market square. She’s becoming well-known for her ice-cream screenprint pattern and 1950’s style dress designs and her label is called There’s Only One Amy Laws. Here’s a little bit about her, in her own words.
The gorgeous Amy Laws at The Bath Artisan Market

The gorgeous Amy Laws at The Bath Artisan Market

Hi Amy, for those who don’t know you yet, can you describe your work and your inspiration?

I sell handmade and hand screenprinted womens’ and girls’ clothing. My designs have a vintage cut, from a bold colour palette and a printed motif around the hemlines that will hopefully make people smile.

Amy's famous in bath for her ice-cream screenprint
Amy’s famous for her ice-cream screenprint

My grandma taught me to sew at a very young age and I grew up sewing in my spare time making clothing just for myself. It was after making my friend’s wedding dress that I realised I could make clothing for other people so I enrolled for a BTEC in Pattern Cutting, studying in the evenings whilst working full time.

Amy screenprints her fabric at home in Bath
Amy screenprints her fabric at home in Bath

I started my clothing line after quitting my job and moving from London to Bath. I now work part-time in a cafe to pay the rent and have been developing my brand over the last year selling at local markets like The Bath Artisan Market and online.

I have so far had my clothing featured in Pretty Nostalgic and in Mollie Makes magazines.

Amy's work featured in this issue of Mollie Makes

Amy's work has most recently been in the fabulous designer-maker bible, Mollie Makes

Tell us about your experiences at the Bath Artisan Market.

I love it! I’m a regular trader and have sold there every month since it started. There’s such a huge range of stalls and you can speak face to face with the person who has made each product. Every month there is different entertainment put on and there is a lovely, bustling, friendly atmosphere to the whole day. There’s also an amazing selection of food stalls! I’ll next be there on Sunday August 11th for the Bath Folk Festival special.

We're linking up with Bath Folk Festival for our August market - free live music all day plus stalls
We’re linking up with Bath Folk Festival for our August market – free live music all day plus stalls

Sunflower print dress by Amy Laws

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For more information about Amy follow her on Twitter @onlyoneamylaws, like her on Facebook  or visit her website  www.theresonlyoneamylaws.co.uk.

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