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Hi, I'm Saundra, a mum, designer and life-long Londoner and the founder of SoS15.

What is SoS15? Well, it’s me - my initials and where I was raised in SE15 (Peckham).

I design and make a range of fashion accessories, personalised gifts, sustainable denim jackets and am currently creating my first collection of dresses. I am utterly in love with the making process – the ability to have an idea which I can transform into a product totally inspires me. 

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Cancer and me

I have been lucky enough to have always worked in a creative role thus fulfilling my burning need to create. I was employed as a graphic designer for many years before starting my own graphic design business in 2000. Working for myself allowed me to spend more time with my son and gave us a comfortable life.

But in 2009 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was a solo mum of a teenage boy and it was a scary time for both of us.

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I found the treatment brutal and was unable to continue working. Being self employed and without other support it wasn’t long before my world started to implode. To make matters worse I encountered treatment complications which in turn led to more than 20 surgical procedures. I spent weeks in hospital and even more time recovering at home. It became impossible for me to return to work and with no savings I spent several years living on benefits. Our circumstances were impossibly difficult. 

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Money was in short supply and our housing choices were poor. My entrepreneurial spirit was suppressed under the weight of illness and depression. I had always been fiercely independent so my inability to change my circumstances was totally debilitating.

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I was pretty unhappy when a friend suggested we attend a local 2 hour cushion making workshop as a creative pick-me-up. The workshop sparked a chain of events which led me to fall in love with the magical process of creating a tangible product from the seed of an idea. Sewing became a mindful therapy for me and helped me regain confidence in my creative abilities.

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Fast forward to today and designer-making makes me happier than graphic design ever did. That other people love what I do too is genuinely humbling and inspiring. 

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