Textile Designer Charlotte Beevor graduated in 2014 from BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design.
Life has been busy for Charlotte since finishing her course. Almost immediately after graduating she won a host of awards for her distinctive, colourful textiles, including the prestigious BDC New Designer of the Year Award 2014 at New Designers in London, the Lululemon Athletica Prize at Texprint and the Texprint Award for Colour followed soon after.
As a part of her Lululemon Athletica award Charlotte was given the opportunity to take up a paid three-month internship at the Lululemon Athletica headquarters in Canada, and for the next few months found herself working in Italy, New York and Vancouver, however rather than accept a job with an established company, she took the brave step to go it alone and created her own brand. She has worked on collaborations with Surface View and Sofa.com, and more recently has produced exclusive designs for Hillarys Blinds. We caught up with her to find out how things have been going so far:
After having the opportunity to work for an established company, what influenced you to start up on your own and what challenges have you experienced?
During my three years at the University, helped by the hardworking nature of our course, I really developed my own way of working. I became confident in who I was as a designer, something that has continued to progress after graduation. I always knew I wanted to start up on my own, but when I started getting the right opportunities I knew it would be possible to do so. It’s hard doing it by yourself, you miss being in the bubble of university, the amazing studio at Leeds Arts University and being around friends.
Starting your own business after university means you have to figure everything out for yourself again because you just don't have the facilities on hand, or studio space to carry on working, so you have to adjust. The financial side is always a struggle as you want to be able to put as much money into the business as possible!
Tell us about what inspires you?
I find it quite easy to find inspiration in anything, I mostly like to get outside to beautiful places or visit my home in Norfolk to take photographs. I also find a good exhibition or show can be real source of inspiration.
What are you working on at the moment?
Things have been busy with the Hillarys launch, and I've just exhibited at my first international trade show in London (Tent). I am continuing with my own branded work too, starting my own line of fabric, bespoke interiors, furniture and artwork.