Having completed a PhD in cancer genetics, I started to rediscover my creativity as a maker and designer of dresses, cushions, bags, childrenswear and quilts. Liberty of London Tana Lawn was a natural choice for my projects, with its fine weave, delicate and inventive patterns, intense long-wearing colours, and its traditional English heritage.
My studio and offices are in a light and airy barn conversion in the rolling Cotswold hills. Inside, it is a riot of colour and texture, with stacks of crease and block rolls, drawers packed with fat quarters, and displays of inspiring projects made by staff. Rolls of linens and silks are stashed below the vintage cutting table, whose previous life was in one of Liberty’s regional department stores.
I am drawn to the sense of tradition and belonging which is fostered by the passing down of quilting skills through the generations. I have a particular passion for creating patterns, taking care to write instructions clearly enough to encourage and support new crafters. Combining different prints in a rainbow of colourways is also a great pleasure; my packs of scraps or fat quarters will add a vibrant pop to any project, and are desirable things in themselves to stash away for a rainy day.
Working with fabrics every day with my fantastic team of staff makes my job a real pleasure. The team membership increases every year as the business grows. We’ve now got four staff working in the office and a further eight in the studio, many of us working flexibly to help balance work- and home-life. The whole team works together with enthusiasm and resourcefulness, to ensure orders are fulfilled, kits are made, and top quality customer service is delivered.