Carola van Dyke is an artist who has experience in illustration, fashion, art and design. Her cushions were launched in June 2011. Carola’s style and trademark originated from having access to only small scraps of vintage fabrics collected over the years and continental fabrics left over from Tiny Tulips collections.
With a background in illustration and painting, she wanted to combine paintings and textiles to create pictures, but not by painting on textiles. This wouldn’t satisfy her passion for textures, mismatches and the contrasts of colours, textures and layers. It needed to be quirky, intricate, and with a sense of humour. So the process of drawing with scissors started and these hand-cut pieces are mixed like a painter uses its palette.
Now Carola creates exciting cushions with an eclectic mix of vintage and modern fabrics. Influenced by a passion for colour, which stems from her childhood in the Netherlands, the designs are something unique and special. As a child growing up with mismatches of colourful clothes, made by her mother and grandmother, and a feel for strong Dutch design, the craving for mixing bold colours was a natural way of thinking when it comes to her designs. Exuberant & vibrant in style,using hand picked textiles, they are all individually handmade in Britain.
The textile taxidermy heads were also launched in 2011, and straight away a hit. Her latest project is a display for Liberty, creating Textile animals with stunningly beautiful Liberty scarves.(Can you imagine putting the scissors in them!!)
Carola’s first collaboration was with Ceramics company Magpie (cubicuk.com) and they produced a wonderful collection of our Beasties textiles onto plates, cups, caketins etc.
From being a one woman business she now creates jobs for local people, which is great on a personal level, but also fun for the small community she lives in.