Beth from Boodle

After studying for my degree in Textile Design at Nottingham Trent it seemed natural to carry on designing and creating, I worked part time and slowly built up my business after attending a short business course.

I worked part time at a screen printers, which really helped build my skills in this field, and gave me more inspiration to start up my own business. Sustainability has had a strong influence in my work so I always make sure I use organic cotton/sustainable materials and eco-friendly inks. This makes the process a bit harder as the inks are harder to use and the materials are more expensive, but in my opinion you get a higher quality product.

Growing up in the Devon countryside has given me a passion for animals and the outdoors, which are the main influences of my work. I have always loved animals and am a bit of a crazy cat lady at heart! (I have 2 ginger toms at home). I have always enjoyed drawing and like to give character to each animal to give him or her a bit of personality. Adventure is also incorporated into my designs; I like the idea of animals going on camping trips and riding bikes! This helps the customer relate to the product too.

I love working for myself, I spent quite a few years juggling working part time and building up my business so I feel very lucky to be able to work on my business full time now. I love being able to create products from my illustrations, its always exciting when you get a new idea and can follow it through to a final product. I share a studio with fellow designer makers, which is great as we can bounce ideas around and is nice to be part of a community.

I design and make a range of organic t-shirts, sweaters, baby grows and kids t-shirts along with a range of mugs, greetings cards and screen printed art prints. I am also excited to launch my new range of memo chalkboards along with a range of Christmas inspired clothing, art prints, cards, Christmas decorations and mugs. Look out for Percy the penguin and Patrick the polar bear this year!

Visit Boodle at the Bath Christmas Market.