International Feature: Slide Sideways

FK talks to our new friends across the seas, Scott and Jacqui from Slide Sideways

Tell us a bit about your design label and what we can expect to discover.
Slide Sideways is a collaboration of husband and wife team, Scott and Jacqui Scoggin.We have an Etsy shop where we sell hand silk screened posters, tea towels, sketchbooks, and more everyday items from our original illustrations. We try to keep our negative environmental impact low by using organic fabrics, recycled paper, and water-based ink. In 2008 we left our design jobs to start our own graphic design company under the name Slide Sideways. We soon realized how much we wanted to get away from the computer and start creating more with our hands. We started with posters but realized how much more we wanted to be making and brought fabric items into the mix. It’s been a huge learning process but we love it.

How long have you been creating for, and what inspired you to start your label?
We’ve both been into making things since we were wee little ones. Our parents always encouraged all of our “art projects” and our love for it didn’t go away as we got older. Slide Sideways started when we realized our day jobs at design firms were just to focused on computer time. We needed to work with our hands and actually make things once in awhile!

What is your background and what lead you to where you are today?
Both of us graduated with a degree in graphic design, which is very evident in our work. During collage Scott had a job at a local screen printing shop where he learned the ins and outs. Once we graduated and had normal design jobs it made us realize what we valued and what we really wanted to do with our time and that was make things.

What materials do you like working with and what are your ‘tools of the trade’?
Sourcing new fabrics and finding styling props for photo-shoots is among Jacqui’s favorites. Scott prefers a good old fashioned pen and pencil, but also is know to pull out an old quill pen and india ink. The tools we use pretty much everyday are screens, water-based ink, sewing machine, scissors, tape, rotary cutter and mat.

What inspires your work, and where do you like to head for constant inspiration?
Our work is directly linked to everything we surround ourselves with. Whether it’s a hike in the mountains, a trip to the farmers market, or a late evening with a good group of friends, it all links back. A few of our favorite sites for inspiration are: Grain Edit, Design Sponge, Ffffound, a few surf blogs, Design Work Life, and Pintrest.

Lastly, what do you love most about what you do and where do you hope to take your work in the future?
We love that we get to make and create the things that make us happy and that we get to do it together. We hope that in the future we will be producing more work of a larger variety, staying involved with others who are producing amazing work, and someday having a little design studio of our own.

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