One To Watch: Donna Wilson
I am really excited about today’s designer featuring on the ‘One to Watch’ series. I have been a fan of Donna Wilson for quite sometime now, so to have her answer a few questions is mind blowing 🙂 Her quirky knitted designs are just so cosy and so much fun and also her ceramics are really cute too. I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do! This talented designer is just lovely so let’s find out a little bit more about her…
When did you realise you had a passion for design?
I think it was at quite a young age, I was always drawing and making things, and was always most happy with a pencil in my hand. I didn’t know what I wanted to be as a child, but knew it was going to be something to do with art/design.
Where do you inspirations come from?
All over the place, the landscape, music, dreams, magazines, ceramics, Scandinavian design, people. Sometimes I just see a tiny snippit of something which triggers an idea, which is then developed into a product.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
There has been so many highlights, working with a great team of people which help me to have the best job! Meeting designers like Rob Ryan and Orla kiely, and making the creatures and props for a music video for Gideon Conn. This year it would also have to be winning the Elle Deco British designer of the year award.
What do you hope to achieve in 5 years time?
I hope to continue developing interesting, happy, exciting, beautiful cosy friendly products for nice people!
What famous artists/designers do you admire or inspires you the most?
I like Alexander Girard, Stig Lindburg, My grandma!(but she wasn’t famous)
What five words would best describe you?
colourful, smiley (most of the time) messy, bendy, Scottish.
What 5 things couldn’t you live with out?
PopArtRockGirlYeah!24th February 2011 at 8:18 pm
Wow that is a Scoop! She is one of my utter faves! Greatphotos too! x
Will @ Bright.Bazaar24th February 2011 at 8:19 pm
What a brilliant post, Ari! I love Donna's quirky and colourful designs, so it's lovely to see her on your blog! xo
heather jenkinson25th February 2011 at 11:58 am
I like how her personal style ties in to well with her designs – what a lovely way to spend your life making smiley happy things.
Love this: Things I couldn't live without: "…stapler…" I know what she's talkin' about! Very nice series – such a versatile collection of designers, Arianna. xx
Ana Aguilar-Corney25th February 2011 at 2:36 pm
Lovely post Arianna, she is such a talented designer. Its inspiring to see young people being so creative.
Carole25th February 2011 at 10:16 pm
Well done Ari. This is a lovely post. Go girl! xx
michelle b @ every little thing26th February 2011 at 5:54 am
love her (and her yellow dress holding a stuffed ?? with a very long tail!) and love your blog…just became a new follower from BYW!!
Nice to meet you!
Arianna26th February 2011 at 12:33 pm
Thank you all for the lovely comments, really glad you like her I have always been a fan of her quirky designs.
Heather you are right it is a very versatile series because I really do like all sorts of styles as long as they transmit something and make me happy 🙂
Michelle it is lovely to meet you 🙂
cupcakejunky26th February 2011 at 3:25 pm
Love your blog and your inspirations. I noticed that you have a link to the John Cullen workshop. I absolutely love the lighting design they do and recently wrote a bit about it in my blog (www.cupcakejunky.wordpress.com). By the way, what do you think of Abigail Ahern's interior design work (another of my recent posts)? I look forward to reading your new posts.
cupcakejunky26th February 2011 at 10:56 pm
Thanks for the comment Arianna. Can't wait for your next post.