Shivani Patel

she / her
designer / maker

I run my studio business as a designer, making modern fine jewellery by day as well as raising my 2 daughters. My mother in law taught me to sew around 7 years ago and I have not stopped since. I’ve always been intrigued by personal style and how clothing has the ability to change how you feel. My sewing always starts with an idea that I sketch out, usually inspired by pieces/elements from designers that I love. I then go about hacking the closest pattern match I can find. This way of making suits my problem solving/technical and creative brain, the sewing suits my need for solitude in the evening. I like to sew a mixture of very oversized and fitted pieces, blending solid neutrals with neons.

What influence does music have in your life as a creative?:

A combination of music, podcasts and silence help me to get into the right headspace for whatever part of a creative project I’m working on. When I’m designing or coming up with ideas, I need quiet to collect my thoughts and get them on paper. Whilst making I always have music or a podcast in the background, it helps me to zone out of whatever else is going on around me and immerse myself in the process. The music I’m listening to can have a huge effect on my creativity, certain songs make me feel like I’m home, in a place I feel completely connected to the making process; soulful vocals, poetry and old skool hip hop. Almost anything by Nitin Sawhney brings me back to my heritage, to myself. When I have a project I want to focus on and get through quicker I’ll put on some more up tempo music or something I can dance and sing along to while I’m stitching.
I spend at least half of my making time listening to podcasts, I love listening to conversations that shift my perspective, help me grow and be more creative. Some are more related to my work as a designer/ business and some more personal.

Tell us about your playlist:

The tracks on my playlist are a mixture of slow thoughtful melodies to songs that you can’t sit down to. I always choose music that makes me want to feel or unfeel a certain way. Albums like Jill Scott’s or Lauryn Hill’s you can lose yourself in their voices and words and in turn the making. The power these words have can change my experience, sometimes I remember exactly what I was making or doing when I was listening to a particular track or album and how it made me feel at the time. These tracks are the one’s I come back to again and again.

Bonus Podcast Recommendations:

Bad brown Aunties
Dear Seekers
Wardrobe Crisis with Clare Press
Have you heard George’s podcast
In Good Company
My Indian Life
On Purpose with Jay Shetty
Say your Mind
The Conversation
What’s Underneath with StyleLikeU
Where should we begin? with Esther Perel
The Guilty Feminist

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Studio Soundtrack

  1. Hoist That Rag – Tom Waits
  2. Vibrate – OutKast
  3. Mad (feat. Lil Wayne) – Solange, Lil Wayne
  4. F.U.B.U. (feat. The-Dream & BJ The Chicago Kid) – Solange, The-Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid
  5. Homelands – Nitin Sawhney
  6. Letting Go – Nitin Sawhney
  7. Laidu – Rokia Traoré
  8. Saved – LaVern Baker
  9. Monkey Man – Toots & The Maytals
  10. Dreamy Days – Roots Manuva
  11. All Things To All Men – Cinematic Orchesta Feat. Roots Manuva
  12. The Last Living Rose – PJ Harvey
  13. In The Dark Places – PJ Harvey
  14. No Room for Doubt (feat. Willy Mason) – Lianne La Havas, Willy Mason
  15. Mr. Intentional – Live – Ms. Lauryn Hill
  16. I Find It Hard to Say (Rebel) – Live – Ms. Lauryn Hill
  17. Harlem Country Girl – Olu Dara
  18. You Got Me – The Roots, Tariq Trotter, Erykah Badu, Eve
  19. Hold The Line – Major Lazer, Mr. Lex, Santigold
  20. Bad Girls – M.I.A.
  21. See Line Woman – Nina Simone
  22. Je pense à toi – Amadou & Mariam
  23. The Conference – Nitin Sawhney
  24. Bank Head (Prod. Kingdom) – Extended – Kelela
  25. Sorry – Beyoncé
  26. Black – Dave
  27. The Breakup (Shikwa) – Riz Ahmed
  28. Toba Tek Singh – Riz Ahmed
  29. Mindy: Take Half – Riz Ahmed
  30. Fast Lava – Riz Ahmed
  31. Ammi: Come Home – Riz Ahmed
  32. Any Day – Riz Ahmed, Jay Sean
  33. Mahershala: Don’t Do Anything Stupid – Riz Ahmed
  34. Can I Live – Riz Ahmed
  35. Yara: Look Inside – Riz Ahmed
  36. Where You From – Riz Ahmed
  37. Mogambo – Riz Ahmed
  38. Chabuddy: Go Southall – Riz Ahmed
  39. Deal With It – Riz Ahmed
  40. Hasan: Rush Hour 2 – Riz Ahmed
  41. Karma – Riz Ahmed
  42. Jilltro – Jill Scott
  43. Do You Remember – Jill Scott
  44. Exclusively – Jill Scott
  45. Gettin’ In The Way – Jill Scott
  46. A Long Walk – Jill Scott
  47. I Think It’s Better – Jill Scott
  48. He Loves Me – Lyzel in E Flat – Jill Scott
  49. It’s Love – Jill Scott
  50. The Way – Jill Scott
  51. Honey Molasses – Jill Scott
  52. Love Rain – Jill Scott
  53. The Roots – Interlude – Jill Scott
  54. Slowly Surely – Jill Scott
  55. One Is the Magic – Jill Scott
  56. Watching ME – Jill Scott
  57. Brotha – Jill Scott
  58. Show Me – Jill Scott
  59. Try – Jill Scott
  60. Noches En Vela (Part 1) – Nitin Sawhney
  61. Noches En Vela (Part 2) – Nitin Sawhney
  62. Void – Nitin Sawhney
  63. Sanctuary – Nitin Sawhney
  64. Koyal (Songbird) – Nitin Sawhney
  65. People Everyday – Arrested Development
  66. In My Bed – Amy Winehouse
  67. Anyone But Me – Joy Crookes
  68. Bofou Safou – Amadou & Mariam
  69. Utrus Horas – Orchestra Baobab
  70. Love & Hate – Michael Kiwanuka
  71. Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) – Digable Planets
  72. Passin’ Me By – The Pharcyde
  73. Celebration – Kanye West