Dora is a rare, rare thing. Firstly she is her own boss at 21 and secondly she is a genuine born and bred Londoner. In fact she's an authentic IRL Hackney resident who's watched her local newsagents, parks and pubs become virtual catwalks. It was her friendly neighbourhood relations that led to her first job within the fashion industry; manicure nail mogul and former Dalston resident Sharmadean Reid hired a then 14 year old Dora to help assist her on the WAH magazine, that FYI, existed before the salon itself. Dora found herself styling, collaborating and creating content for the WAH zine online- little did we know that she was at the epicenter of the biggest cultural movement in London-girl-land of the last decade. It was her time with Sharma producing articles and editorial that opened Dora's eyes and imagination to the world of set design.
Having her fine art foundation course and a traditional set making qualification from The National Theatre under her tool-bet (we can't confirm she wears a tool belt but we've seen her with a hammer) made her pretty useful to art-school friends in need of a practical pair of hands. Before establishing her passion as a set designer, Dora took on a big cheap unit in the same building as her boyfriend who had just finished working on the Quaker Street bowl (East London's premier skate bowl FYI) and the two, along with friend Billie Turnbull built an infinity curve in the unit converting it into a photo studio. In her own words it was 'pretty shabby' but they were able to offer super cheap rates to friends, photographers and magazine and so Dora had her own makeshift studio and began offering light set making and building as an additional service. Despite moving a year later to a studio in Chancery Lane, Dora continued to build sets- her room is a hoarders' dream; Papier-mâché palm trees, plinths, paints, half finished collages and books on books on books (not to mention a very cute cow-print cat).
Dora's work as a designer has become increasingly prolific, designing everything from a hand painted camo set with Francesca Allen for an Oh Comely cover shoot, to smashing up mirrors in the lake district for Suitcase magazine, Dora has worked with everyone from Adidas and Harvey Nichols, to Christopher Cowans via Vogue Italia and Pum Pum socks.
It is however, Dora's low-key attitude and loyalty to those around her that shines through her work and her latest collaborations have been with close friends; with stylist Louby Mcloughlin, amazing 3D artist Claudia Mate and photographer Adam Goodison on a Show Studio project and, in a cyclically poetic twist of events, Dora has once more found herself back where she began- with long term collaborator Sharmadean Reid at the not-yet-open fresh-paint-smell WAH, Dalston HQ. A self confessed working-gal, your more likely to find Dora in her studio getting her hands dirty, at home sketching or at your local East End pub than at a rave- and that's just why we love her.