Janet Gourlay – Fresh talent from Fife

Janet can usually be found surrounded by research images, photos of sea birds, inspiring colours and beautiful prints. She has amazing drawing skills, is a Photoshop pro and can put nearly absolutely anything into repeat! As a freelance Textile Designer currently starting her own business ‘Ardgour’ (nicely named after her father’s fishing boat in Fife) Janet has a personal, feminine style and her work continues to evolve following on from a MFA in Textile Design at Edinburgh College of Art. With a wealth of experience including designing for Bebaroque and Alex Begg Cashmere, her business is one to watch and her designs, inspired by local wildlife and countryside in Fife have already attracted a local audience.

From fashion Collaborations to producing upholstery fabric and metres of hand printed wallpaper Janet has it covered. A skilled designer she has now turned her eye to sea birds and she spends hours drawing the birds to the finest detail before translating these on to fabric. Her company ‘Ardgour’ is in the starter stages and each item will be proudly made in Scotland. Janet’s designs are a modern twist on the traditional and she is definitely making Fife proud!

Join the Ardgour clan by following on twitter @ArdgourStudio

Follow Janet’s work http://janetgourlay.blogspot.co.uk/to see the development of her own business and to bag yourself a beaut when they go on sale!

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About Philippa Hill

Hello! I’m Philippa and I am a recent graduate from Edinburgh College of Art where I studied Textile Design. Since graduating I’ve interned and started my own mini craft company ‘De La Rue’. I’m currently an Artist in Residence at ECA and I cannot wait to showcase emerging talent from the beautiful city of Edinburgh! I came across the Born in Britain platform when my fashion collaboration with fellow student Marie Leiknes was blogged about last year and I am extremely excited to be an ambassador! I believe that we can leave a lot from British heritage and love uncovering things about the past that can influence the present and future. I love discovering things off the beaten track, traveling and finding that something a bit different! I am so keen to discover emerging talent from Edinburgh and showcase their amazing work. I think that every creative should deserve at least their 15 minutes of fame and ‘Born in Britain’ is the perfect project for this.

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