Day four at Tessuti Print Studio

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Here is my final day placement with Fiona at her studio – what an amazing week I had.  I learned things you could never learn in the college studio and being in a real life studio really is the way to learn ~ here are just some of the things which were great hands on experience.

How to attach a new backing cloth to the print table.

Working out orders received and the printing  order ~ which dyes to mix so that colours can be used all together without wastage and keeping the dye fresh.

Making use of the huge print table by placing the silk and wool fabrics so colours and designs can be done at the same time.

Most definitely NOTHING goes on the print table  ~ dyes, squeegees, drinks etc etc, although at one point I did have to climb on the table to hold the screen whilst printing!!

That however careful you are, unidentified marks still appear – the joys of hand screen printing.

How to attach fabric to the backing cloth and steam fabric correctly.

Fionas’ special recipes for mixing dyes and discharge dyes with extra special ingredients!!!

I learned you don’t need to ‘work out’ if you’re doing full time printing.

I need to grow or have a plinth created for me around the table!!!

Fiona has been amazing allowing  me to work along-side her and share her working life for a week – its really hard work and for anyone who thinks being a textile designer is easy they should work with Fiona  for a week as she multi tasks between screen printing, running Concrete Wardrobe which she co-owns with James and fitting in trade fairs around the world to market herself and local design markets to sell to the public.

Its been another amazing experience and if anything it has made me want to be a designer maker even more ~  thank you Fiona for your patience, making me feel at home, teaching me so much, allowing me to print under your expert guidance and for the laughs too.  Hope I get to come back one day – Judy

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Tessuti Scotland ~ Printing Studio Edinburgh

On Tuesday I started my placement with Tessuti Scotlands’ Fiona McIntosh – what a first day working in her studio with orders for far and wide and given the task of mixing the discharge dyes – no pressure.  But it was fine the dyes behaved especially the yellow and I was saved.

The print table is huge, a far cry from my little 2.5 metre run in my shed and bears the marks of recent print runs which are lovely in their own right.

Pinning the dyed items to the print table and getting used to beautiful fabrics I’ve not used before

Squeegies ready to print and hundreds of exposed screens full of amazing pattern fill part of the studio

my first day was filled with printing  under Fiona’s guidance and even though I print at college and at home Fiona showed me ways to make printing large quantities easier, cleaner and hopefully faster.

She has patience in abundance trusted me with her very very expensive fabrics – thankfully the printing went well and we managed to get two smaller items steamed before I left. This was great as at college our steaming is done for us – Fiona showed me how to attach the silks, roll and place on the steamer head and into the huge steamer cabinet. All the time answering my questions about the mistakes I make at home when steaming on my cooker top!

Here’s a little peep at the fabric just out of the steamer with Fiona

Will show the before and after pics later – must go now and make my way across Edinburgh – love being back here and excited for today’s round of dyeing, printing and steaming!!!

Kings Road London ~ Anthropologie

Lindsey and I went for a wander down Kings Road and found Anthropologie – what a store!!!!  Dream to have my designs in there one day …………………….. click on images to make bigger

 Anthropologie Kings Road London

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Work placement part two with Lindsey Gardiner in London at Pulse 2012

On Thursday 7th June I set off from a very dreary Kinross for the next part of my placement with Lindsey.  I was heading for London for a week to help, observe and speak to potential trade customers.  A bit daunting for a 3rd year textile design student but I was excited too and it was an awesome opportunity to see the next part of the process involved with being a practising textile designer/maker who wants to reach customers through stores and other forms of suppliers.

The view from the train from Inverkeithing to Edinburgh was an inspiration with so many lines and shapes and ever the designer I was clicking away and getting strange glances from the passengers as to why I would be photographing a rainy day – what a shame they don’t understand!




So meeting Lindsey at Waverley Station we made our way to Platform 2 (not 1) !!!! and settled in in style – travelling 1st class no less.  Somewhere in the ether there’s a photo of me to prove it but it never arrived so you’ll just have to believe me.  We arrived safe and sound in London and am pleased to say met some lovely people who helped with bags and stairs etc.  We stayed in an amazing house in Fulham, very luxurious and relaxed ready for Friday and setting up the show at Earls Court.

Friday arrived and off we set buying my first Oyster Card which you have to remember not to swipe and got the tube to the exhibition centre.

I’d been at Earls Court many years ago (20) for a needlework show and had forgotten how huge it was.

We found our stand and our delivery of furniture, samples, press packs etc and began the process of setting up ready for the start on Sunday when the  trade buyers would arrive. It was hard to imagine everything would fit in.


Lindsey ordered vinyls featuring her drawings/artwork and these were attached to the walls

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A lot of time was spent placing and moving and changing round until it looked just perfect

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You never know how something will look till you’re in the space.

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And doesn’t it look fabulous – the stand made everyone smile with the beautiful colours and designs, it was a honour to stand and help Lindsey throughout the show and because I’d spent time with her on my previous placement I could speak about her work if I needed to.

Small businesses to large London buyers visited Lindsey and it was scary exciting and amazing all in one go!!!

Whilst there Lindsey encouraged me to attend as many seminars as possible.  These are laid on for both buyers and exhibitors and what an amazing experience this was.  I attended a Mary Portas pitch where 10 designers had 10 minutes to pitch their product to a team headed by Peter Cross – scary but they all did extremely well.

I also went along to hear Warren Knight as he helped show how using the latest trends in social media can help you find customers.

But my favourite was Sally Davies talking about trend forecasting for A/W 2012/13 for the home gift and accessories market.  This was extremely interesting as we have used trend forecast journals in our briefs at art school and of course last year I attended Premiere Vision in Paris which is all about what will be trending 2 years on. Sally talked about how they arrived at trends and using excerpt from the forecasting book Mix Trends published by global color research showed colour palettes, materials and context using the products found in Pulse. Brilliant!!!

The show went extremely quickly, I met lovely designers on the stands around Lindseys’ and  learned once more its not just about printing pretty fabric, there’s a heck of a lot of hard work, stress, networking, planning, figures, patience, laughter but on top of all that you have to have a product that the buyers will want to stock at a price that will keep both you with a roof over your head and them with a profit to be able to stock your gorgeous printed goodies.  Has it put me off becoming a textile designer? Mmmmmmm let me think – no it hasn’t but its made me realise the reality of it all away from the safe cocoon of the art school studio.

I have to say a huge thank you to Scot and Corrinne for letting me stay in their awesome home and once more to Lindsey for an experience that will stay with me forever.

Work Placement with Lindsey Gardiner – Textile Designer & Illustrator

Meet Lola and Yuki the gorgeous little dogs who share the studio with Lindsey  at WASPS studios Meadowmill in Dundee,  they would also be my companions for the next 2 weeks.  

My placement started unlike any other – a lovely cuppa then a walk in the nearby park with Lindsey and her dogs.

Time to chat and take lovely photos.

Then to work – Meadowmill Studios have just had a fabulous upgrade and Lindseys studio is massive with lots of beautiful light and sunshine.

Lindseys collection of books with their beautifully coloured spines fill book cases and bring lots of lovely colour against the white studio walls


Even her pencil pots and paint brushes look amazing

More tools of her trade – beautiful playful colours ready to create the next textile design, book or fine art piece


Beautifully printed linen was ready for me to stitch and create samples ready for the upcoming trade show at Pulse taking place at Earls Court in June

Cutting sewing and carefully finishing to create these lovely beauties here is Lindseys new cushion range featuring her amazing hand designed artwork.



I also helped finish these lovely little mongrels 🙂

Fabric was also designed to cover a chaise and after a little stress Lindsey found a brilliant upholsterer in Hilltown Dundee, who managed to finish it in record time for shipping down to London.


I love this chaise and so wish it was mine!!!!! The colours are so beautiful



The chaise and all the cushions – ready in time for Pulse

My next little job was to make up the press packs, these would be handed out at Pulse to the Press!

I had a brilliant two weeks with Lindsey Lola and Yuki. I met lots of lovely artists in Meadowmill too, Paola, Mhairi, VanillaInk and others and so wish I was there too – perhaps one day!!!  The whole experience was amazing and an incredible insight into the world of being a textile designer – its not just about printing pretty fabrics.  Lindsey included my in everything and I have to thank her for trusting me and allowing me to voice my ideas too. The next part of my placement was to take place in Earls Court London – yes I got to go to a trade show as an exhibitor…….