French Canadian Artworker Mel has brought a commonwealth of experience to our production team and has fast become one of the smiliest faces you can spot at Boden Towers. Joining us on the Boden sofa, she talks inspiration, an Instagram addiction and one very special pooch…
Tell us a little about your job at Boden?
Well, I’m an Art Worker! Sitting in-between both design and production, the Art Workers are the last port of call before the catalogues go to print. We’re responsible for taking product information and actually placing it onto the products as well as making sure everything’s accurate, proofed and full of life.
Are there any memorable errors that have occurred over the years?
Well… way back in the early days, a wrong telephone number was printed onto a catalogue and a poor lady was bombarded with Boden calls! But we have a pretty thorough regiment now so that no mistakes can slip through; once we’re happy with the catalogues, we send them to everyone within the company to check including the Director Johnnie and our call centre staff who check all of the pricing.
How long have you worked at Boden?
I’ve been here permanently for just over 7 months, working here on a freelance basis before that. Having worked at other, more insular places in the past, one thing I love about working at Boden is how social everyone is – everybody wants to get to know each other and wants to help you out. It’s like a big family!
What was your career BB? (Before Boden)
Living in both Canada and New Zealand, I initially worked in design before heading into publishing.
Wow, that’s incredible! How does working abroad compare to the UK?
It’s surprisingly similar; no matter whether you’re working on catalogues or magazines, everything still operates seasonally when working in publishing (albeit with slightly more extreme seasons in Canada!)
What’s the best bit about your job?
I’m quite a structured and organised person and so it’s nice to have the satisfaction of having the final product in your hand. Also, working on the catalogue, we get to see the new collections before they’ve come out which is always a plus!
What would you say is the most challenging bit of your job?
The short turnaround can be a little tricky sometimes and if someone higher up decides that they’d like to make an amend, we have to work pretty quickly to get things altered which can be stressful.
Once a season is over, is there a little rest period?
Unfortunately not – we’re always pretty busy! When we’re wrapping up one season, we’ll also be starting the next and so there’s never any real lull.
What inspires you in your day-to-day life?
My puppy Gizmo – he’s so energetic and loves to be outside which is great because I love it too. Also, I love people watching, looking at other people’s fashion and style. Art is another one of my interests and I’m a bit of an Instagram addict which is great for finding new photographers and artists and finding new things. Finally, I would have to say food. My husband’s a food blogger (http://digitalgetti.com/) and so we love to cook and take photos. Over time, we’ve managed to accumulate tons of plates from around the world which is great for dinner parties as our guests get to choose their own and they look great in snaps.
How would you sum yourself up in three words?
Friendly, caring and loving. I’m definitely a people-pleaser and struggle to say no sometimes (especially to Gizmo, my dog!)
What’s the last played track on the ipod?
I’m a big fan of Canadian artist Grimes at the moment.
What would be your ultimate karaoke song?
It would have to be ‘Hollaback Girl’ by Gwen Stefani. What other song lets you spell out ‘b-a-n-a-n-a-s’ halfway through??
How would you describe your perfect evening?
Well, it would have to start with champagne, followed by dinner out with my husband and friends in a restaurant where we could take the dog. I love eating outside too and so that would be a perk!
Who would be your dream dinner party guests?
Initially, I thought that chefs would be a good shout but then I figured that we would be cooking for them and it could be pretty intimidating! I would have to invite Johnny Depp – he’s interesting, he’s done a lot (and he’s not bad-looking either!)
What’s your favourite Boden item?
My Boho boots – I need to get them resoled because I’ve worn them so much!
What book is on your bedside table?
You’ll laugh at this – it’s called ‘The Curse of Lovely: How to say No!’