Contrary To Reason is a fun-loving, colourful and creative knitwear brand ran by me, Rachel, a BA Hons Textiles graduate.
Since discovering the magic of vintage knitting machines at university, I made it my mission to own one, and in early 2021 I made it happen and made the huge decision to pivot my embroidery business into knit.
The business is always expanding into new knitted products, and I find much joy in creating all kinds of colourful knits in a wide range of the funkiest colours and patterns. Colour and pattern are both so important to me as they're such valuable forms of self expression, and they make people smile!
I'm also inspired by the other wonderful creatives around me, as well as nature, pop culture themes and quirky art. Bright and funky fashion is also a big inspiration for me!
Sustainability is hugely important to Contrary To Reason, all the packaging is plastic free and I source the most sustainable materials and only make small batches at a time, in-house. Currently I'm using a range of deadstock cotton yarns (so totally vegan and otherwise would've gone to landfill!), but soon will be adding a range of yarns made from 50% recycled plastic bottles and 50% cotton, in every colour of the rainbow.
After graduating Uni in 2019 I saw (and experienced!) a bit of a shortfall in Textiles work being accepted for craft fairs, exhibitions etc, so created the hashtag #TextileArtIsRealArt to spread a message of acceptance for the Textile Art community, which I would love fellow textile artists to join in with.
PEACH PANDA STUDIO
Peach Panda Studio is my original indie biz that I started whilst at uni to create a part-time income doing something that was both fun and flexible. Since graduating in 2019 I took Peach Panda full time and it now sits alongside Contrary To Reason as another branch of my self employed creative journey.
Peach Panda is all about colourful and fun stationery and treats, and I also run a Peach Panda Post subscription on Patreon.