Interiors: Bringing the outside in

Interiors: Bringing the outside in
Interiors: Bringing the outside in

BRINGING the outside in is an enduring theme for interior designers, and the vast colours and textures of nature often influence whole collections for the home.

Jenny Duncan’s beautiful, natural textiles are a perfect example – and the Glasgow-based artist admits her own garden is a huge inspiration.

"I’m not an expert but I am a gardener and I love being in my garden," she smiles.

"It gives me a much better understanding of how flowers are composed, and I find it very peaceful.

"I’m also inspired by the sea – I love the east coast of Scotland in particular but really, if I’m anywhere near the sea, I’m happy.

"I find inspiration all around me and I like to layer my work, letting it evolve."

Jenny says she "grew up in a creative house".

"My mum is very interested in interiors and she definitely influenced my choice of career – I share her passion for textiles," she adds.

Jenny studied clothing and fashion at the Scottish College of Textiles and was employed in product development at Jaeger, Pringle and finally in sportswear for Nike and Adidas before enjoying a spell in the wardrobe department at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal.

After having a family, she set up her own business making homewares such as pictures and cushions.

She uses natural fabrics such as silk, wool and cotton.

"I am a very tactile person and these lovely, natural fabrics are great to work with," she says. "I feel very fortunate to do something I love – this really does not feel like a job to me."

Jenny has exhibited in venues across Glasgow, including the Burrell Collection in Pollok Park, and she was shortlisted for the Saltire Award. Her work has been sold to buyers around the world, in America, Canada, France, Bosnia and Australia.

She is currently developing a teaching career, running a series of classes and workshops for charities and private companies – recently, her Just Sew Stories workshop for Ayrshire Embroiderers Guild was a huge success.

To find out more about Jenny Duncan, visit her website or her Facebook page

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