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Read our first artist interview – Lauren Crawford

These interviews will appear every couple of weeks or so and feature artists FCA&C are working with.  Lauren Crawford is a Fife artist now based in Stafford who is currently in the ‘Progression’ exhibition at Rothes Halls (until 4 April).  Her work is also available to buy from FCA&C’s online shop.  Read on to find out more about Lauren.

What’s your background and what inspired you to become a textile designer?

Weaving is my passion.  This started at school, which prompted my desire to obtain an honours degree in Textile Design.  I then gained work experience within the textile industry. Placements have included working at Salt, London, where I assisted with fabric finishing and the organisation of textile collections, orders and exhibition PR.

On graduation, I accepted the Designer in Residence position at the Art College which enabled me to set up my own label business as a hand woven textile designer.

How would you describe your customers?

Typically, customers are those who love something unique and special.  These include:

  • Consumers with an eye for complementary products that make them stand out from the crowd.
  • Customers who regularly wear fashion accessories that might wish to become more experimental.
  • Consumers who appreciate fine and well-designed quality products.

What is your favourite piece from your collection?

My Reflection Scarves -I love their movement and delicate shimmer which creates glamorous looks for day and eveningwear.

What are the highlights of your career so far?

  • Having my wovens exhibited nationally and sold in specialist outlets throughout the UK.  The expansion into England including coverage extending in to Shropshire, Suffolk, Lancashire and London.
  • Working as the Graduate Textile Artist on the ‘Making Moves’ project with Birmingham City Council and Craftspace.
  • Being a finalist in the Scottish Variety Awards as ‘Best New Scottish Designer’.
  • Receiving a PSYBT Jolomo Arts and Crafts Award in March 2011.
  • Responses to my work at Exhibitions and trade shows such as the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

  • Being an established brand with an emphasis on quality and innovation.  Creating a prominent place in the network of British based Designers and Weavers.
  • Collaborating with a UK mill than can manufacture specially designed collections.
  • Having products stocked and in demand in high end department stores and boutiques such as Liberty in London.
  • Products being available to purchase online.  Selling through reputable internet vehicles such as and and

Thank you.

Lauren Crawford 'Reflection' scarf in teal; £68 from FCA&C's shop

Lauren Crawford 'Reflection' scarf in teal; £68 from FCA&C's shop

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