Seeing as Issue #1 is getting on a bit and issue #2 is all fresh and lovely, I thought i’d share the interview I conducted with Eva Spence (of Rolo Tomassi) fame about Night of the Living Thread with you all. Enjoy!
PFC: So, how did Night of the Living Thread begin?
ES: I started experimenting with sewing when I was about 13, using my mums machine and learning to take in jeans, t shirts and then moving onto bags.
I’m not sure what triggered the interest but I was always into arts and crafts and anything creative, I knew I wanted to make things. The company was something I’d wanted to set up since I was about 16 as the passion with sewing grew, but actually started February 2009.
I lost my job working at New Look as they became less tolerant of me disappearing when the band toured. I tried looking for another job but no one would hire me because of the commitment I had with the band. This gave me the push I needed to which I’d known for years involved sewing. I borrowed a small sum of money to start up the business and bought the materials I needed to make a few items to sell at shows, and from then on that’s what I did.
You must have really fine tuned your skills over the years - does sewing run in the Spence family?
Sewing doesn’t necessarily run in the family but my mum and my aunt are also quite creative people. My mum helped me out to begin with; in learning the basics of how to use the sewing machine, and when I was about 14 we went to a sewing class to learn some dressmaking skills. She’s always been very supportive of my sewing and I always like to have her opinion on any thing I’ve made.
For a while one of the only ways to get the NOTLT stuff was to actually attend the show and visit the stall - what prompted the move to fully dedicated web store?
I couldn’t really sell Thread at any of the shows outside of the UK because it wouldn’t all fit in my suitcase, and this allows me to ship items worldwide. Also some of the shows we’ve played take a commission from merch and I wasn’t making enough to have a venue take a cut of what I’d spent so long making. On top of that the internet is such a powerful tool that anyone, anywhere can look at my site, whether they know my band or not and pick something up truly unique and individual, I find that quite exciting!
Has Steph been lending a hand to the NOTLT cause or is it still very much an Eva Spence project?
He helps me with all the paperwork and the more tedious side of running a business, it was also him that lent the initial money to start it all up so to be honest it wouldn’t be here without him. He can’t sew. At all. He did try and help me cut out crosses for the panty christ but I had to redo everything! And he models on the site, he’s my second in command.
Both NOTLT and the [Un]Titled - Hardcore Photography book have shown a different, more artistic side to Hardcore that many casual viewers might not see. Are there any projects you’d champion from friends or tour mates?
Check these UK artists out:
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