Shades of Jade
Jade Duffield juggles her creative accessories business with being a new mother…
My interests in textiles and digital printing really stemmed from my studies at RGU. I realised I had a skill for pattern design, and I fell in love with the idea that a simple illustration could be applied to everything from packaging, book covers and branding. So I began to try my designs on fabric, as my course wasn’t textiles, learning how to sew and work with fabrics was a big step for me.
I make skinny scarves that double up as headbands and can be worn in about eight different ways. My cosy infinity scarves and snoods are lined with upcycled fluffy blankets. I also make eye masks and scrunchies and I’m hoping to add interchangeable bag straps, tapestry illustration prints, keyrings and possibly DIY craft kits to my range.
I start with a hand drawn sketch, often inspired by neo-traditional tattoos, or childhood memories of my grandparent’s garden and the stories they told. I create my patterns digitally, then they are professionally printed onto fabric. I cut, sew and package all the final products myself. It’s a real handmade process.
I’m currently exploring venues for workshops and exhibitions and I’ve been creating little stuffed fabric fish to promote my zero waste approach. I plan to spread these across Aberdeen’s top visitor attractions for free to encourage people to explore and enjoy this summer.
I hope to be able to appear in markets held by the V&A Dundee and I’d love to be included in the shop at Aberdeen Art Gallery. Ultimately, I aim to run my own studio space, hosting craft workshops for everything from book binding to paper marbling and acrylic pouring. For now, though, you can see and buy my work from my website.