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Designers and creative businesses video transcript

The source of my inspiration… someone keeps sending it down to me (laughs). No, no... it comes from everything around, but it’s hard to be so literal, it’s a number of references that collide, culminating into a new idea.

When I was studying for my masters... I’d come up here regularly, to trawl through the collections.

It’s so big and I do dream about just being shut inside… as a designer I feel a certain responsibility... furthering people’s imagination and also challenging their views of what fashion is.

Yes, I have made frequent reference to nature in my work. What... how that started?

I came across some beautiful images of birds in collections. It was their structural qualities... the feathers; it triggered a train of thought. It led to the creation of the whole collection.

Medieval influences? I guess so... I came up to an exhibition here and there were these incredibly elaborate manuscripts, beautiful things and in the margins, birds everywhere... quite abstract.

A fascination with them? Maybe... I did consider using birdsong in my shows; it’s all in the sound archives....

Anxious about starting my own company?

…very confident about my design capabilities… but I had no idea about business planning or how to actually sell my work... and with huge support from the Business & IP Centre… attending the workshops I quickly became quite savvy about protecting my designs. I met my Finance Director here actually.

I guess being in a space that is inspiring and has a vibe to it and has all of these things to discover is incredibly exciting. Real inspiration...