1. When and why did you start your project/brand Reclaim?
The brand was born whilst I was studying at university, working on a project based around innovation and innovative materials. The rubber material was found when I was exploring the materials that I could use within this project.
2. Why tyres?
As mentioned the rubber material was something I stumbled upon. I really fell in love with the versatility of the material. It is very tactile, but also a very strong, hard wearing material. The material was also only otherwise going to be discarded so it was a bonus that I could save it and give it a second life.
3. What inspires you to make your designs?
The designs are always based around functionality foremost, but I like to look architecture and structures for inspiration on shape and particularly how they are constructed always interests me. I like to stay in tune with the fashion industry and current trends too. This enables me, I hope, to try and bridge the gap between being able to buy ethically without compromising on contemporary design. I think there are still reservations with ethically produced products and I want to reduce those.
4. What kind of tyres do you use and where do you get them from?
The rubber material that I use is the inner tubes from the inside of larger tyres, such as tractor and lorry tyres. The bigger the inner tube the better as it then means I have a larger piece of material to use for the patterns. I am really lucky that there is a surplus supply of these tubes at local mechanics so I can always source the material.