Name

Olivia May O’Connor

About

I am a creative and versatile Textile Design Graduate from The Edinburgh College of Art. I have been studying textiles full time now for 6 years and am truly passionate about my craft.

I believe our homes are our sanctuaries, they are incredibly personal places that deserve to be beautiful, tell a thousand stories and reflect our individuality.

Collecting is a huge part of my life. Ever since I can remember I have collected 'things'. Nothing of any real importance or significance to most, but things that caught my eye; excited or inspired me, evoked emotion and fed my curiosity.
This is now a major part of my work, I love to collate exciting & captivating research; and pull it together into something that will draw people in and tell a story or create an atmosphere.
I'm passionate about creating personal, beautiful and visually stimulating Textiles that will excite and inspire others.

Using the knowledge I have gained throughout my degree, working with colour, scale, texture and placement, aswell as the appreciation I have always had for historic, traditional and iconic Textiles. I love to begin a design my hand drawing the design and finishing the look with beautiful finishings and styling.

Work Experience:
Alexander Mcqueen Print Internship.

Shortlisted to the final 5 on nationwide hunt for junior designer for Kirstie Allsopp's television programme.

Winner of Duchamp Luxury Menswear Digital Print Competition.

Assistant Stylist at Homes & Antiques Magazine.

Education:
Sep 2010 – June 2013 - Edinburgh College of Art
BA HONS Textile Design
(screenprinting / repeat pattern / work within dyelab / photoshop / surface manipulation / embroidery / fashion & furnishing research / drawing / In-depth Colour Analysis / Digital print / Frequent Collaborations)

2008 – 2010 – Hull College of Art
ND Textile Design - MERIT MERIT MERIT
(screenprinting / work within dyelab / photoshop / surface manipulation / embroidery / fashion & furnishing research / drawing / designing with purpose to digital print)
My final major Project at this institute (a leather printed and embroidered upholstered chair – as shown in portfolio) was bought by a private customer in Edinburgh, with more interest from an art collector in East Yorkshire.

2003-2008 – St Mary College Hull
11 GCSE’s grade A-C

Specialties

  • Textile Design
  • Interior Design
  • Drawing
  • Repeat Pattern
  • Styling

Skills

  • Drawing
  • Digital & Screen Printing
  • Photoshop
  • Design
  • Embroidery
  • Colour Awareness and Composition
  • Repeat Pattern
  • Styling