Tell us how you became a textile designer?
The road to setting up my own studio involved working in a few different positions in the fashion and creative industries before getting to where I am today. After leaving university, I took a job as a merchandiser for a clothing supplier. This role allowed me to see the fashion industry from a different angle and gave me an understanding about how buyers and designers operate. After relocating to Cheltenham, I felt a change of direction was needed, and I progressed on to a graphic design and photo retouching position for a design studio here in the Cotswolds. The role give me the opportunity to apply my creative skills in new ways and I was able to work on a wide variety of projects including logo design, lookbooks and photoshoots.
I was made lead designer for the childrenswear graphics and print projects that we received and I quickly discovered that this element of the role was the area I enjoyed most. I then took a position on the design team as their graphic designer and became heavily involved with the design process, from seasonal direction through to sample stage and sales analysis. It was a fantastic experience but there came a time where I felt I had more to offer the industry than just my childrenswear designs, so I took the decision to setup my own design studio and go freelance