How it all began to where I am now...
Updated: Feb 21
Hello, my name is Brittany and I am the owner of the brand 'Love Woods'. It all started when I was just a child... Art has always played a huge role within my life and my dream from a very young age was to be an interior designer. I loved the industry and couldn't walk into a room without picturing how I would have it if it was my own. Many hours spent on the sims and building barbie bedrooms out of old shoe boxes; I just had such a keen eye for design. I loved drawing, painting and anything that involved arts and crafts.
Onto my teenage years the only three lessons on my secondary school time table that I truly looked forward to was art & design, textiles and drama. I just loved anything practical that involved being artistic and using my imagination. When everybody in sixth form was pushed into filling out their UCAS form for university - I had something far better in mind which involved taking a year out doing an art foundation course at the NCN College in Nottingham. I had nothing to lose and knew it would be fun doing something in which I was so passionate about.
I learnt so much on this course and ended up specialising in illustration. We took part in all sorts of weird and wonderful projects and also had the most amazing experience visiting Venice. It was coming towards the end of the course and we were all working hard on our final projects when I decided to go down the route of wallpaper design. After speaking with one of our lovely tutors about my love for both illustration and my childhood dream of being an interior designer; she suggested that I should look into a course called printed textiles and surface pattern design. I had never heard of this before but was already intrigued by it, so that night I went home and researched the course. I never fancied going to university as I never knew what I wanted to study and did not want to waste the time and money studying a degree in which I would not use later in life. However, now I was finding myself going to university open days and then submitting my UCAS application.
I always had a dream of living in Yorkshire after seeing pictures of the idyllic countryside and the beautiful Yorkshire stone buildings... never did I think that I would soon be securing my place at the Leeds College of Art (now known as the Leeds Arts University). I spent all summer planning how I was going to decorate my university bedroom (which was such an exciting experience for an 18 year old). All summer I was counting down the days and when I finally arrived in Leeds it was like I had the whole world at my fingertips and I was raring to go.
It sounds very cliche but I truly did have the most incredible time at university and I learnt so much about the design industry and I also learnt a lot about myself in the three years that I spent there. With the help of my university tutor I discovered Scandinavian design which I began to fall in love with; everything from it's craftsmanship to it's simplicity and I soon learnt that minimalism is the way forward. After a long hard day at work, it's important that the space in which we surround ourselves with is a place where we can relax and unwind.
The second best discovery that I made in University was the children's design market and I learnt how I could combine my love for naive and simple design with fun, bold bright illustrations and patterns for children. This was revolutionary for me as everything I enjoyed doing as a child such as collaging, drawing, painting and experimenting with different crafts - to everything that I enjoyed as a young adolescent could all be combined into one!
From then on I continued to base my design style around the children's market and I have never looked back. I use the natural world as inspiration for my design as I would say that I am at my happiest when I am outside soaking up the fresh air! I love taking long country walks and especially love walking through the woodlands. I find the sound of the wind through the trees and the birds tweeting so therapeutic.
I have been working as a freelance surface pattern designer and illustrator for the past 2 years and I have loved every minute of it. I have very big ambitions to grow my own business selling eco friendly products for a variety of different markets, which target different age groups - even a range to treat them fur babies!
This is just the very start of my journey and I am so excited to see it all unfold over the coming months and years.