Smitten Design Ltd

Smitten Design Ltd

What inspired you to start your work?

I come from a very creative family. My parents certainly didn’t mind my slightly alternative attire as a teenager when I was sewing old retro curtains into trousers and paint splattering my T Shirts. I guess this is where my passion for textiles started and it’s never stopped. I also love to teach screen printing. I was self-taught initially so that experimental approach still comes through in some of my work today. I love layering this with a more disciplined approach to screen printing and combing both in my textile practice.




Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?

My studio is based within the great Arts hub of Corbans Estate Art Centre. I love going to my studio and being surrounded by my hardworking creative cohorts and educators.




What do you love most about your handmade business?

I love the intimacy of a small business, getting to know my customers really well and building a community. I love being able to produce limited edition work and printing to order, minimising waste or excess stock, working on specific colour pallets that I can refresh each year.




What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?

I love everything about the Auckland Fair – the location, the mix of stall holders, the way its organised, the whole vibe! I especially like getting a chance to chat to people. Working away on my own all day is quite isolating, so it’s great to get some direct feedback and reactions on my new designs and colours.
What has been your biggest triumph to date?

So many little ones that all add up through growing my textile practise and being a textile educator and practitioner! But I guess one triumph was being interviewed in Houses Magazine last year.






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