Textile design and colour consultancy combine - interview with Beryl Gibson
Beryl Gibson is an established international textile designer and colour consultant with a studio in London working with mills, spinners, retailers, trade associations and government departments. She designs women's and menswear fabric collections, yarn ranges, upholstery and curtaining for interior, home and fashion accessories with a clear understanding of the commercial product development process. A confident, creative thinker, strategist and highly motivated design consultant.
How would you describe your work?
I love the way a texture or structure developed through yarn, pattern or finish can transform a textile, also the attraction and power that a well chosen colour can bring to a product.
List 5 things that have inspired you and your work
1. Seasonal colours and trends
2. Mixing nature with technology
3. Making things look relaxed and casual, whether it's the product or the presentation of the product
4. My school art teacher who believed in me
5. People watching, it tells you so much about preferences, style and attitude.
How did you begin your career as a designer?
I trained in textile design at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art in London, and started my working life at Woolmark as a junior designer and then went to work for this wonderful French textile mill in Lyon, France called Bucol who worked with all the main couture fashion names in Paris and Italy. After this I decided to be brave and set up as a consultant textile designer.
Working on some new projects with spinners and a couple of lifestyle fabric ranges.
Moving to a bigger studio.
More international travel.