I am a textile and surface designer who graduated in 2016. I have been
working a normal 9-5 job since then, which I recently lost. This has given
me the push, idea and chance to set up my own textiles company.
I am looking to set up a studio and start designing and making! In order
for me to do this, I will need funding for essential equipment such as
Illustrator, fabric, and buying in general supplies such as ink & sewing
My aim is to create my own fabrics, have them printed and to make sellable
products out of them such as tea towels, bags, totes, cushions & quilts. I
am also looking to get my designs printed on products such as phone cases,
placemats, coasters, stationery such as notebooks, diaries, cards and
I have recently started to make custom made patchwork quilts, this is
something that I am looking to put a more modern and artistic spin on.
At the moment I am making products to sell from fabric I have bought
because I am unable to start designing and printing my own fabric at this
time. I need programmes such as Illustrator and paying to get your own
fabric printed isn't cheap! I am also hoping to run a website, which again
is an added expense.
This is something I have wanted to do ever since leaving school! I think
it’s so important to have a creative community and to support local
designer makers and I make sure that I buy as much as I can from them, go
to events such as The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair to show
support and who knows hopefully I’ll be showing and selling my products
there one day! Makers markets which have become super popular over the last
couple of years are also a great way to sell and get your name out there;
this is something I will look to do also.
I would start small and make a few 'bread and butter' products and
eventually move in to expanding my products and services. I also have
designer maker friends who have already expressed their interest in
collaborating together to make some even more unique and exclusive
In University I won a great opportunity to showcase my work and the
Manchester Craft and Design Centre, this was great to get to show the
public what I am about and to talk and get feedback on my work and designs.
If I was to reach my goal and get some funding it would be an amazing
opportunity and in 5 years I hope to have a shop of my own!