''Life is crafty'' is all about surface pattern designs--- in fashion industry, in painting ( from fabric to glass, from oil to water colour... etc ), embroidery patterns ( which can be used in dresses as well as on any surface, such as bed covers to aprons... from border designs to necklines and overall repeat patterns...) giving a universal appeal to all the viewers...thankyou.
My second artist/designer in this series is Gill Eggleston. She is a textile designer (and artist) with over 20 years experience in the textile industry. She is now working under the name of ''PATTERN ADDICT''... Her work is a mixed of hand drawn and digital.
Here is a lovely interview with Gill --- a peek inside her personal and professional life ! Enjoy your read...
How would you describe yourself ?
Gregarious, confident and a little bit opinionated :)
What do you like to do when you are not designing ?
Feeding my pattern addiction... walking our cute dog, toiling in the garden, cooking (anything and everything), DIY (although I am the painter and decorator rather than the 'drill in hand' kind of gal)
Describe your style ?
Bold, bright, graphical (and floral) mostly although I do/can paint feminine florals if necessary.
What's your favorite color ?
Tell us about your first collection.
I have been designing for years in industry so have created umpteen collections that I can't recall now - this is a bit hard for me to answer. My first ever successful design was when I was still at college and I did a placement at Dorma where I was asked to design some kids bedding (this was before I ended up working there for some years) My design 'Hopscotch' was selected by BhS and went on sale. The funniest part was, when I did my degree show I had a hanger of the design in the back of my portfolio display case and my lecturer saw it and asked why it was there - I explained, she had no idea of its provenance and had bought it for her son! The biggest thrill was seeing something I had created in a packaging and on a shelf available to buy :) Although as a freelance designer I haven't as yet done a show but have visited many in a professional capacity.
When did you get the idea that 'designing' was the thing you love ?
Honestly, since I was about big enough to hold a pencil - I have been a keen 'artist' since childhood, excelled at art at school and start oil painting and water colour painting in my mid-teens. I picked Art as one of my A-levels subject..the rest, as they say is history...leading me into textile studies and then work as a designer.
Anything you want to share to your readers about setting up his/her own business ?
Be fully-committed to being a success, it is a lot of work, I am a long way off yet but I am not rushing. Be happy to share information with your peers and lend a hand where necessary - it is amazing how much more you get back.
Who is your dream client ? Is there anyone 'special' for whom you would like to design ?
I don't actually have a dream client as such, mainly as I have worked with a lot of high street retailers from Dunnes - Habitat over the years but I would like to create my own branded range of goodies in time that people can then buy. (one can dream...)
Tell us a bit about your biggest challenge in your career, and the way you handled it ?
Leaving my full-time job in the UK to move abroad was tough - I had a well-paid, busy role and then it all went to nothing and me being in the house in a foreign place was not an easy thing to cope with - after a short period of self-doubt and negativity that I forced myself out of, I got some focus on what I wanted to do and since then have not stopped working towards it.
Your greatest inspiration is ?
The late Cecil Skotnes - he was my Aunt's uncle -I was inspired by his work, his personality and joie de vivre that was very special - I was fortunate to know him and visit his home in Cape Town - it was a spectacular space for a creative person to visit and I can still remember it to this day (almost 22 years ago)
How would you describe your work place ?
Big, bright with a lovely view of our garden. It is cool and pretty tidy in my studio. I am a Virgo and I hate mess as it causes my to feel anxious and unfocused.
And a cute slippers for your feet from my ZAZZLE store ....!
Hope you like my products, and if you wish to buy these then just simply click on the links (in red colour), which will take you to my stores. You will find many more fashion and home ware products for your own use and for gifting purposes too...