The founder of Polly’s Textiles, Danielle Wade, told Home & Giftware magazine about life as a designer-maker and what the future holds, saying: “I graduated from the Design Crafts Degree course at Lowestoft College and during my time at college I won a textile design competition and took part in various exhibitions. I decided to continue designing and making so I set up my own workshop and business in 2010.
“Focusing on the processes of hand dyeing fabrics like cotton, linen and silks, then combining with various screen printing techniques such as devore, textured and pearlescent inks and discharge printing to creating rich surface patterns.
“My hand-dyed fabrics are screen printed with imagery from original drawings and sketches, taking inspiration from the natural world. I love to collect, photograph and draw seeds, pods, flowers and fruits found on my travels and ‘treasure’ hunts with my family. Using these hand-drawn images I layer the designs onto fabrics creating repeat patterns with standard inks, metallic, textured and other specialist printing techniques.
“These rich colourful fabrics with bold repeat patterns are then cut and sewn into a selection of ‘Beautifully Purposeful’ products such as wash-bags, pencil cases, peg bags, aprons and shoulder bags. As my fabrics are all handmade I dye and print in small batches, usually make to order and I am able to accept commissions.
“As a member of the Suffolk Craft Society I take part in their annual exhibitions where my work is displayed and sold alongside Suffolk’s most contemporary makers. I will be attending a selection of shows and events to personally sell my work throughout the year as well as currently stocking galleries and shops across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex and looking to spread my hand made textile products across Britain.”