Alison Yule Textiles Just another Customer Sites site Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:30:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 50 British Textile Designers – Website for Inspiration Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:30:16 +0000 Alison Yule Textiles The lovely blog Heart to Home has written a new post about the 50 most inspirational websites of British textile designers and I’ve been included!  I’m featured with some of the designers who I find most inspiration from, including, amongst others: Dash & Miller, Charlotte Grierson, Leto & Ariadne, Kirsten Glasbrook and Heidi Lichterman, so I’m really chuffed.

Heart to Home have a nice little shop in Wetherby, North Yorkshire and a beautiful website stocked full of inspirational home products suitable for Mothers Day gifts.  It really is worth a look!

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Mariska Meijers Mon, 02 Jul 2012 16:08:15 +0000 Alison Yule Textiles There as been a buzz on several of the blogs I follow recently.  It concerns Mariska Meijers who has opened a beautiful shop in Amsterdam.  With no formal training Mariska launched her fine art career in 2005 with a solo exhibition in Singapore.

Mariska followers her instinct rather than art theory, giving her work a brightly patterned quality.  In addition to her fine art pieces she has a stationary range and in 2009 she launched her screen printed cushion range.

Interior of new flagship store in Amsterdam

Mariska’s blog is full of colour, too, so worth a look.

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Sustainable Design in a Changing World Thu, 28 Jun 2012 15:06:09 +0000 Alison Yule Textiles Design doesn’t start and end with a few drawings, but has to take in everything that is involved in the production of a new product whether textiles or jewellery or ceramics, etc. This includes how the finished product will be manufactured, how it’s packaged and distributed, how the product will be cleaned and maintained, what will happen at the end of it’s life. This is what I manage to achieve in my textiles.

I have a fully thought out design process that encompasses all aspects of my woven fabrics and products and I have written a Sustainability Manifesto and Ethical Policy to demonstrate my commitment. All this hard work has earned me, an award-winning textile designer, the Environmental Quality Mark from the Peak District National Park Authority in Derbyshire.  I had to meet very rigorous standards before being put before the panel of judges and I was delighted to present my business practices and demonstrate my commitment to the environment both locally, nationally and internationally.

Here are my top tips:


*  Think clearly about production and how fuel and water can be reduced.

*  Where do your raw materials come from, can their carbon footprint be reduced?

*  Are there more sustainable alternatives?

*  Are any of your raw materials available locally?

*  Can production waste be reduced, and can any waste be up-cycled?

*  How can any packaging be reduced, could you use re-cycled packaging?

*  Do you use a local postal service/courier/carrier?

*  Develop classic designs that will endure, can quality be improved so that the products will last, how can your clients become emotionally attached to your product?

*  If your products need to be laundered, how can fuel and water be reduced, can you use materials that don’t need so much laundering, how will you tell your customers?

*  Can you offer a second life at the end of your products life?

*  Are you able to offer a take back policy: can any textiles be re-dyed, can your product be repaired, can your product be re-cycled or up-cycled, can they be composted?


*  Do you have more than one strand to your business, is teaching an additional option, would your notes make an interesting book?

Social Responsibility:

*  Do you offer occasional free workshops to organisations that have helped you?

*  Do you offer work placements to students?

It’s often a good idea to re-evaluate your business and products on a regular basis. Using these tips might help you develop additional strands to you business and offer new products that have a stronger sustainable element. More and more buyers are looking for good sustainable practice and the more you can show your credentials, right across you practice, the more they will seek you out!

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More Morning Commute Images Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:32:09 +0000 Alison Yule Textiles It never fails to stun me, when we are out for our daily commute, how there is always something new to see, no matter what the season or what the time of day.

This morning the honeysuckle was scenting the air beautifully and the newly shorn sheep where sheltering from the early morning sun!  Derbyshire is such a beautifully varied county and our little corner is full of surprises.

Honeysuckle in the hedgerow

I think these sheep are Border Leicesters, but I could well be wrong, but they are really charming, with their upright ears and roman noses!

Sheep sheltering from early morning sun

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Art Textiles for Rent Sun, 20 May 2012 13:46:29 +0000 Alison Yule Textiles I’ve been to a number of meeting recently where the room they were held in were really unsuitable for quality meetings.  I realised that some businesses have rooms and offices that echo, making it difficult for the visitors to hear properly and making meeting clients quite a trial. Textiles are the ideal solution to absorb sound and ensuring meeting are easy on the ear!

I’ve put together a list of benefits for business to introduce textiles to the office environment…

  • *  Absorbs sound, so ideal for conference suits, restaurants, public foyers, reception areas.
  • *  Enhance and transform your corporate image.
  • *  Impress your visitors and clients.
  • *  Make a positive statement about your business.
  • *  Motivate your staff with an inspiring environment.
  • *  Provide a talking point to liven the workspace.
  • *  Add character to your workplace.
  • *  Save valuable capital by renting.
  • *  Long term and short term rentals available.
  • *  Rotate the art to refresh your workspace.
  • *  Only you know the art is rented.
  • *  All natural materials used ensuring you help the environment and enhance your environmental policy.
  • *  Hand made by local designer aligns with your social responsibility policy.
  • *  Fly the flag for “Made in Britain”.
  • *  All textiles are selected from our exclusive “Limited Collection”.
  • *  Advice on positioning and hanging.
  • *  Wool fabrics shed dirt, they only need to be vacuumed to keep clean.
  • *  Wool fabrics are naturally fire retardant.

I’d love to hear what you all think about this concept, do you agree and are there other points that could be made?

Take a look at my Rent Textile Art document to find out more.

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An Article for UK Hand Made Thu, 17 May 2012 12:47:32 +0000 Alison Yule Textiles I’ve written an article about Sustainable Design for UK Hand Made, please take a look and let me know what you think about the style and content.  All feed back is really appreciated.

BUSINESS: Sustainable Design in a Changing World

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Colour Palette of the Month – May! Sat, 12 May 2012 19:45:48 +0000 Alison Yule Textiles Most of you know that I walk a circuit of our village in the Derbyshire Dales every morning to get us in the mood for work.  Earlier this week we managed our walk between the showers and came across a patch of dog roses in the hedgerow.

Colour Palette of the Month - May

Although predominantly pink with small accents of the fresh green and very, very dark brown it’s freshened up.  Another one for ladies suiting, I think.

But what do you think?

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A Woodland Walk in Derbyshire… Sun, 15 Apr 2012 17:29:38 +0000 Alison Yule Textiles

Last Tuesday we went for a walk in Bow Wood, which is on the hillside just above Lea Bridge, Derbyshire.  Bow Wood, a birch and oak woodland, is owned by the Woodland Trust and has plenty of lovely woodland paths to follow with some maginficent views.  We were a little early for the bluebells, but as you can see we did spot quite a few, but with a few more days of warm sunshine the whole wood will be a gorgeous swathe of blue.

From the east side of the wood, you could look down over Smedleys, a long established knitwear company in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, who make very fine merino knitwear for men and women.

Despite the showers we had a lovely walk which has inspired my Colour Palette of the Month for April and I’m now exploring some bluebell wood designs…..

…so watch this space for the first of my limited edition fabrics!

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Colour Palette of the Month – April Wed, 11 Apr 2012 09:48:20 +0000 Alison Yule Textiles

Yesterday, between the showers, we took a walk through Bow Wood at Lea Bridge, near Cromford.  To our great delight we spotted quite a few bluebells and in another few days of sunshine they will carpet the wood spectacularly.

This image is the one that really stood out, the beautiful purply blue flowers really showed up against the dead bracken.  I think this might just be a new fabric…  What would you use the colour in?

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A Daily Commute… Sat, 03 Mar 2012 13:20:31 +0000 Alison Yule Textiles Most mornings a take this walk from my front door around the village and lanes, back to the front door!  It takes about 30 minutes and is a sheer pleasure which sets me up for the day.

Some mornings it’s misty and I don’t get much of a view across the valley, but there are often hidden treats, such as a row of spiders webs covered in dew.  This morning it was only a little misty, but Spring was starting to show herself and I couldn’t resist sharing these treats, too!

I count myself so lucky to see nature in it’s glory every morning…

My daily commute...

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