Guest Blog by Margaret Clavell
Margaret’s first experience of pattern design was designing a cushion to fit into her friend’s 1970’s house. She enjoyed this so much that she hasn't stopped since. Margaret takes her inspiration from nature, which she photographs and then adapts into patterns, many of which feature flowers and insects. Margaret’s range of florals and geometrics in a muted palette are ideally suited to home décor. Her more simplified and brightly coloured designs are perfect for kitchen accessories and stationery. .
Margaret has created over 100 designs. It can therefore be quite challenging to decide which ones should make it onto a finished product. The selected designs are digitally printed onto fabric and made into products by manufacturers in the UK. Margaret does, however, make the lampshades herself. Her current range consists mainly of accessories for the home - cushions, tea towels, aprons, pot holders, oven gloves, peg bags, makeup bags, wash bags, tote bags, lampshades and greeting cards.
When Margaret retired she moved from Essex to Cheltenham. She works from home in the beautiful Cotswolds and sells her home accessories on the online American marketplace, Etsy, as well as the Malt House Emporium, Ashchurch, Tewkesbury. She can also be seen at various craft markets, in her local area of the Cotswolds, such as Corn Hall, Cirencester, the Christmas market at Cheltenham and the fair at Sudeley Castle.
You can find Margaret's products here where Margaret has her own concession page of a selection of beautifully designed and made products.