“My work reflects the rhythms of nature in colour and texture while providing me with a trajectory for art and design to progress my new brand. “
“I believe in being both ethical and environmental as a designer. Therefore I opt to use only natural fabrics cotton, linen and wool that are either organic or dead-stock or repurposed.”
BA Hons ‘Textiles’
Edinburgh College of Art
|“Through my new brand ‘Nurture Nature’ I source ethical and sustainable materials to design artful pieces that are versatile for children’s and adult’s interiors through hand crafting skills such as hand dyeing, stitching and quilting. I create quilts, cushions, throws and toys and accessories.|
I started my brand ‘Nurture Nature’ in Edinburgh during lockdown. After graduating with a BA Honours in Textile Design from ‘Edinburgh College of Art’, I wanted to pursue my passion for slow design and handcrafting to create a textile design business featuring interiors and accessories for children and adults. I make quilts, pillows, throws, toys and decorations for interiors which are Handcrafted, Ethical and Artful. My aim is to design versatile, quality products using high quality materials which combined with focussed craft skills, means pieces may be treasured within the home for years to come.
My work is inspired by nature and being in the Scottish landscape. Nature became even more important to me than ever during lockdown to help restore a sense of peace and calmness. My work reflects the rhythms of nature in colour and texture while providing me with a trajectory for art and design to progress my new brand. Because being in nature is so important for my well being and artistic inspiration, I choose to be an ethical and responsible designer using natural fabrics that are either organic or dead-stock. I feel this is more important than ever with climate change and the way we throw away as a society.
Creating children’s, toddlers and babies quilts has been a way to simplify my designs in a way I have never done before. I have gained confidence in my craft abilities of dying, quilting and pure abstraction with artful and fun nods. I wanted my quilts to be versatile, either used as a quilt or a wall hanging as the child grows up, so the design has to be artful and luxe in its aesthetic. I started making toys and pillows because it was simply fun! My toys ‘Lumpy the Whale’ and ‘Sprattle Rattle’ are high quality Sea friend Toys that look and feel lovely. I think my work through my new brand has become more colourful, ethical and unashamedly me than ever! I hope everyone gets as much joy from it as I have making and designing it.”
Materials and Techniques
|“I believe in being both ethical and environmental as a designer. Therefore I opt to use only natural fabrics cotton, linen and wool that are either organic or dead-stock or repurposed. It makes me happiest knowing that the people who make the fabric I use have a fair wage and/or it’s not harming the the environment in its production or consumption.|
I use hand crafting techniques of dyeing, printing and slow stitching to make my products. This makes every piece beautiful and unique and one-off even when it’s made to order. I particularly enjoy using different quilting stitches such as seed, kantha and running stitch to create beautiful finishes to my quilts and pillows.”
Awards, Exhibitions and News
“My four years spent doing a BA Honours Degree in ‘Textiles’ at ‘Edinburgh College of Art’ allowed me to explore the meeting of art and design and to develop my colour, texture, ethical and sustainable focus for designs. My degree show was called ‘Lines of Desire’ and was about art inspiring design through the landscape.
I was awarded the First Prize for use of Colour on my Degree website, Courtesy of ‘The Worshipful Company of Dyers.’
After my degree, and through lockdown, I launched my new brand ‘Nurture Nature’. I have taken all I learnt in uni to compile it into a business I believe in and love tremendously already.”
Affects of Covid 19
|“Lock down was all about applying all I had learnt at uni into a viable business plan. Creating products that were possible and simplified enough to ‘make to order’ was a new challenge, and I’m very proud of the products I have produced this year. This new business means I can fulfil commissions of quilts and pillows from my home studio in Edinburgh for friends and new customers. I get so much joy every time I dye the fabric and sew a beautiful product. I am not surprised therefore the year flew by for me while making my slow designed quilts and pillows and toys.”|
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