Meet the Makers #1 - Bitter Lime Designs
Each week we will be featuring the best new designers and makers who use our printed fabrics and papers to make something fabulous and unique.
All the way from Lanark in Scotland, Nicola's expressive, quirky and nostalgic designs mixed with traditional Scottish wools and Tweeds make create beautiful products, as I think you will all agree.
Using fabrics such as our durable and vibrant printing Canvas to make her tote bags, she really is a very creative individual.
We interviewed her to find a little more about her.
- What is your company name and location?
Bitter Lime Designs - Lanark, Scotland
- Which design school did you study at ( if you did)?
Heriot Watt University, Scottish Borders Campus
I studied Textile & Fashion Design, gaining a rounded knowledge of textile techniques before specialising in weaving.
- When did you first start being interested in design?
It’s hard to pinpoint when, as I’ve been interested in art and design for as long as I can remember, and at school I can remember always knowing that I wanted to pursue a creative career, even if I didn’t quite know what at the time! I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to explore screen-printing in my final year, which led me down the textile route and I’ve never looked back. Design is everywhere you look; it’s what adds interest to the most ordinary of things.
- Describe your style for us in 10 words?
- What / who are your major influences?
I love looking back at vintage textile design, such as the work of Lucienne Day. Her textile patterns are so abstract and free of restrictions, and her style of combining subdued and bold colour is really inspiring. I also love Art Deco pattern, expressive mark-making, and the classic geometric style of Anni Albers. More presently, I really admire the work of Timorous Beasties - they are not afraid to break the rules!
- What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I’m working on prototyping a few new products and designing my next collection exploring expressive mark-making and a more geometric style. The great thing about having my own business is the freedom of creativity – I can head in any direction I want!
- What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
I’d really like to continue to increase brand presence and recognition of Bitter Lime Designs, both in the UK and internationally. I’m excited by all the possibilities for developing new products, and I love to see them emerge from initial idea to final textile accessory. I love my job and want to continue having fun with design in the future.
- What tips would you give new designers starting out?
Don’t be afraid to just go for it! It’s easy to overthink things when you’re starting out, like writing the first word on a blank page at the front of a notebook. If there’s any advice I wish I could go back and tell myself in the beginning it would be just to take the leap and everything will fall into place gradually.
Nicola has just launched a new website and also does custom commissions :
You can purchase Nicola's lovely products from her Etsy page :
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