Rapidly gaining notoriety for her truly joyous and contemporary floral prints, designer Fiona Douglas is the creative energy behind Scottish textiles brand Bluebellgray. She describes her designs as ‘an antidote to mass-production’, which I think is so lovely, and expresses the hope that her wares will end up nestled amongst an eclectic mix of treasures; intermingled with flea market finds and family heirlooms. I’m a big fan of Fiona’s work, so I’m really chuffed that she managed to find some time in her hectic schedule to talk about what makes her tick:
1. How would you describe yourself? Creative, positive and happy.
2. What’s your design philosophy? I like to be independent and follow my heart. I want people to get a sense of the person behind the work, and understand that the prints have been painted by hand, not generated by a computer. I always strive to create something instinctive and uplifting.
3. Where do you find your inspiration? The Bluebellgray girls who work in the studio and my husband; they all inspire me and help me to think about things in a new way.
4. What are your first thoughts when you wake up the morning? ‘Oh my goodness I have so much to do! But I need a cup of tea first….’
5. How do you relax? I’m a bit of a film buff, I love going to the cinema. It is the one time I truly switch off.
6. What’s your all-time favourite book? Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee, I first read it when I was 15 and fell in love with the perfect summer days described so beautifully by Lee. I still love it to this day.
7. And your favourite foodie treat? I’m on a quest to find the perfect fish & chips, which is always best eaten on a beach for the full seaside experience.
8. Do you have a beauty staple? Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is my must-have beauty product. And I like reflexology when I can fit it into my schedule.
9. What’s your most treasured possession? A landscape painting by my grandmother that I currently have in my living room, I love looking at the brushstrokes and imagining her painting it all those years ago. An original painting is an amazing thing – a real connection to the artist.
10.What are you coveting right now? Anything in Jonathan Adler’s Menagerie collection, I am so happy you can now buy his designs in the UK.