Louise Kirby is a textiles and surface pattern designer who works from her Wasps studio based in Dundee.
Since graduating from DJCAD in 1999, Louise has worked independently creating luxury hand printed silk scarves for UK galleries and has sold her designs to be used by fashion houses worldwide.
Most recently she worked on a giant artwork for Anthropologie’s new Edinburgh storefront and loved working on this massive scale.
Louise’s designs are distinctive, with camouflaged creatures peeking out from forest trees, she captures the drama of the Scottish wilderness!
We asked Louise why being based in Dundee suits her as a designer…
‘After living in London and travelling the world I think I appreciated the city more after being away and realised what it’s got to offer – from the cultural vibe, location, creative people, my family and friends. I like having cultural things happening on my doorstep; along with being able to get out of the city in 10 minutes and go on inspirational trips in the beautiful countryside and capture the wilderness that inspire my designs.’
Finally, do you have any top tips for creatives?
‘My top tip for those starting an independent creative business, based outwith the central belt is to keep yourself visible on social networks as you can be based anywhere and tell the world what you’re doing. Also go to events, support other creatives and build up your network. It’s much better when you’ve got someone you can ask for advice or help when everything gets hectic or you need some constructive criticism or generally friendly advice!’