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    CWC profile: Aisling Gallagher of Designed in Brunswick



    Aisling Gallagher 

    Designer/Textile designer
    designed in brunswick
    designedinbrunswick.com.au & groupnb.com.au 

    What is your professional or training background?
    I studied Graphic Design in Ireland and have worked primarily in publishing for the past 17 years. For the past two years I have also been working on our own publishing services business. I started studying textile design part-time at RMIT about 6 years ago where l developed my love for textiles and screen-printing.

    What do you make, create or do?
    My partner and I design and screen print tea towels, lamps and cushions and silk scarves. Then we have plans for table runners ,bird motif ceramic sculptures, coffee mugs and teacups.

    What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
    I want to expand our range to include a collection of screen printed 60’s tunic style dresses. I have a dress design in mind and have searched to buy something similar for years, so l think the only way to find it, is to produce it ourselves.

    What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
    As a designer with many years of experience I find the 2 dimensional graphic element of the work fairly easy and I have a pretty good knowledge of most design programs, as a business woman there are always new challenges and skills to master, the trick is to enjoy the process.

    List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
    I get inspiration from a variety of places, whether it be from nature in general, from personal observation like walking down the street or even going to see a film (The‘tolva blom’ design came about after seeing the red queen in Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland). I also love the following artists and blogs:

    Marimekko: I love mid 20th Century Scandinavian design and some of their simple graphic textile designs are still amongst the best work out there.

    Print & Pattern blog: I love the regular updates of fantastic hard edged bold surface prints from around the world.

    The Design Files: I love reading Lucy’s blog, it keeps me up to date with what’s happening around Melbourne’s design scene without leaving the house!

    decor8 daily: I also love looking at decor8 daily, its such a pretty blog and always features lovely colour combinations.

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