Having grown up in Davenham, I still live in the beautiful Cheshire village, and I create all my artisan products from here, in my loft studio.
I didn’t intend on becoming an artisan producer. I studied textile print design at university but after I finished, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I realised that I didn’t want to work for a textile company as I had so many individual ideas of my own which I wanted to pursue. I now combine the design work with working as a gardener part time. I love being able to work outside, and I take a lot of my inspiration from nature and plants for my design work, so this is the perfect combination.
I wanted to create this collection of bold colourful printed accessories, as I realised currently there are not many places where you can get independently designed products that showcase the creative process and the story of the designer.
For my first products I tried several manufacturers that used different textile printing methods, but I found that I couldn’t achieve the colour vibrancy and the hand painted details of my prints that I wanted, or the quality of products that I desired. After sampling with a variation of different printing processes, I finally decided that digital textile printing was the best way forward for my handmade goods.
I went about setting up my own design business, after experiencing what it was like to be self-employed through my work placement year at university, in which I interned for a textile designer and an installation artist. I found this experience gave me the knowledge of how to run a small design business, and also inspired me to give it a go with my own artisan products.
Each day is different for me. I split my time between doing gardening work, and any spare time is spent working on my design work. I tend to work best at night, this is usually when I do most of my creative work and developing artisan product ideas.
My goal for my business is to reach the point where I can be focusing on it full time. To do this I would like to collaborate with larger brands who support small design businesses, and I would like to create a larger range of products that promote independent design and handmade goods.