Yummy Gummy, located in Bedfordshire, UK, is a specialist when it comes to unique, colorful, shiny and innovative latex sheeting. The company has been around since late 2013 and is the place to go to if your latex sheeting needs are out of the ordinary.
Rebecca who runs Yummy Gummy is a young passionate latex lover and her unique products have already been used by latex designers such as Adala Clothing, Dawnamatrix, Lady Allura’s Latex, Phoenix Designs, Spanky Latex and Fantastic Rubber.
I hope that my interview with Rebecca will give you a fantastic insight into who Yummy Gummy is and what they do.
3xL: Tell us a little about yourself and your first latex experience?
Rebecca: I’m Rebecca, nice to meet you. :) It was at a photoshoot where I first tried it on. It was a neck entry body suit which was very very tight and very small. I pulled it up to my knees and that’s where it stopped, after a bit of help from a friend I finally got it on. I don’t really remember what I felt, it was too small in the waist, but the pictures turned out great in the end. It took a while after before I started getting the hankering to wear it again. When I was first introduced to the fabric I didn’t think much to it at all, it was all floppy and not very interesting, but after seeing pictures, making my own sheet and actually wearing it in clothing form, I fell in love and love how it makes me feel and look.
Rebecca: At one of said photoshoots the photographer used to run a sheet latex company before the recession hit and wiped out the business. He was kind enough to sell me his remaining liquid latex and teach me how to make it properly, basically giving me my livelyhood. I owe a lot to him, without him teaching me, the world of latex would be a lot less colourful. He originally taught me so I could just play about with it myself and make my own little pieces but then he said that he was still getting old customers asking him for the printed sheets he used to make. So I made a few sheets, took them to a fetish market and the latex designers there were very keen, the rest went on from there.
3xL: Did it take long to master the process?
Rebecca: I’m still working on it. I don’t use machines so its finding the most reliable way to make it by hand. I can make better than when I started two years ago but the process is still the same. Each pattern and new customer order pushes me to try out different techniques to get the desired effect. Its nice to constantly be challenged.
Rebecca: I don’t think I have one. I don’t think proud is the right way to describe how I feel about my sheets. I’ll love then when I’ve made them and some I keep for myself because they took a long time to make or I can’t bear to part with them, but I’m always working on new techniques and trying to find ways of making new designs so I’m always moving on quickly. I’m more proud of seeing people wearing my latex and what other designers make with it and thinking ” I made that”. Or looking at my clothing collection that I designed myself, changing peoples mind on latex and having customers confidence boosted when they put on a dress I designed. That’s when I feel proud of what I have made and achieved.
3xL: What inspires you to design new latex sheets?
Rebecca: Colours! I love colours. I’ll see some splatters together and think that looks cool. My customers are a constant source of inspiration. They send me pictures to recreate in latex, or I’ll see a pattern somewhere and want to recreate it in latex, that’s where the new latex designs come from. At the moment I’m working on glitter and potentially latex with writing on.
Rebecca: Generally latex designers looking for something new. Sometimes they’ve been pushed towards me by a customer, but more often than not they are excited that they can finally get a bit of colour and something stand out and unique in their collection. I’ve had the occasional enthusiast home maker that have been inspired to make something. When I’m lucky I get the international fetish designers popping in and that’s always exciting. I’m hoping to get to the stage where everyone knows I exist. That way when they’ve decided what pattern they want, they know where to come.
3xL: I hear that you travel a lot, business or pleasure?
Rebecca: I go to Germany twice a year for the German Fetish Ball in Berlin and Fetish Evolution in Essen. It’s always work, I can’t afford to take holidays, when I decide I’m going to take a mini break I’ll get a rush order the day I’m leaving. I can’t not be there for my customers. Thankfully I love markets and the people there so it never really feels like work. I love nothing more than playing dress up with customers or taking someones latex virginity. ;)
Rebecca: The BBB, Birmingham Bizarre Bazaar. It’s the market I go to every month. Everyone is lovely and there is lots to shop around. It was the first market and they took a risk in letting a latex sheet designer have a stall. Since then I’ve grown in to a clothing company which is much more approachable for everyone else that can’t make latex clothing.
3xL: You also have your own latex clothing line, can you tell us about it?
Rebecca: It’s something I’m particularly proud of. I spent a long time on the patterns for each item, getting it to fit just right and support and enhance all the areas that require it. Its resulted in a collection of clothes that is ready to wear but fits all the sizes perfectly. I haven’t just been satisfied with “thats close enough” I’ve driven my manufactures mad with constant remaking of dresses until I’m happy and it fits just the way I want it to. I picked 3 main colours that I felt made it approachable for anyone wanting to try latex for the first time or integrate it in to their existing wardrobe but it can be made in any colours the customer can imagine. I’ve now introduced two new colours, purple, black and silver marble, and a black rainbow glitter, I’m thinking for next year I might introduce a green marble and maybe some neon.
Rebecca: I would love to add trousers and maybe hoodies to my range. Its mainly a case of space on my stall that limits me. The mens shirts I do come in three colours. I resell Latex 101 mens clothes so if anyone wanted something that wasn’t a plain mens shirt they could just look towards what latex 101 offer and order it through me in the colours they would like. Being female it is easier for me to visualise what women want to wear and buy. I’m sure as time goes on I’ll get a better feel for what the men are after.
3xL: Any plans for the future that you wish to share with us?
Rebecca: Potentially a printed latex that doesn’t rub off, a lace collection, harnesses, and more glitter! Oh and World Domination. :)
3xL: Thanks for your time!
Rebecca: Its been a pleasure.
Below you can see some samples of Rebecca’s latex sheet designs. Be sure to visit YummyGummyLatex.com where you can find both Yummy Gummy latex sheeting and latex wear.