Hello! We are hello DODO - AKA Ali and Jam, although most people refer to us as “the DODOs” and we don’t mind that at all.
We established hello DODO in 2011 as a bit of a creative side project to work on together but very quickly it became so much more than that to us. We taught ourselves to screen print from our kitchen and made every mistake in the book, at least twice, until we got it right.
We originally started out on Etsy with greetings cards and screenprints but after a few years the idea of people wearing our designs became the ultimate dream.
Photo: Clare Newman @colourbloc_photography
Now we are a fully fledged two-person apparel and homeware business, creating fun stuff for fun people! We work from a custom built print studio at the end of our garden (and some overspill work to the kitchen table occasionally). We love being a small business! Our biggest challenge so far has been learning to run the business alongside raising our son…in his first 10 months of life he has run 8 market stalls with us!
hello DODO is now in it’s 11th year and the obsession remains very much the same as does the desire to spread smiles. A smile goes a long way! Our biggest hope is that when people pull on one of our sweatshirts, hang one of our prints or iron on one of our patches is that it makes their day just that bit brighter and more fun...and that can make all the difference, don’t you think?