A recent graduate of Hull School of Art and Design, Paige Cavill has already set up her own business for design-led products and accessories.
One-off marble patterns are applied by hand to phone cases, MacBook skins and notebooks. Paige then sells her creations on various online platforms, as well as at local markets.
We caught up with the Hull-based entrepreneur to pick her brains and uncover the secrets behind her process.
“Since before I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for all things painterly,” explains Paige. Attending Hull College, she studied Textiles and eventually went on to graduate from HSAD with a BA (Hons) in Textile Design.
“It was in this creative educational environment that I developed my passion and interest in producing products.". Six months later, she decided to start her own business, selling beautiful and brightly coloured marble prints in the form of quirky stationery and tech accessories.
“It sounds a bit ridiculous now, but I feared that I would forget about all of my ideas if I didn’t continue to design after graduating,” admits Paige. “I thought, What am I waiting around for? Let’s just go for it!”
Using online platforms such as Depop, as well as trading at craft fairs, Paige has managed to set up a business in her spare time. “I’d love to eventually turn it into my full-time job,” she enthuses.
The creator also looks to social media for inspiration: “My phone is jam-packed full of screenshots that I’ve saved from Instagram and Pinterest, and a lot of this material fuels my designs.”
“Of course, I also use Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to promote my products once they are all finalised. And I get a lot of help from friends and family, who love spreading the word.”
So how does Paige make her handmade designs digital?
“After printing my designs by hand marbling, I use Adobe Photoshop to manipulate sections to create a more clear, crisp detailing,” the designer explains. “I love marbling because of the unique textures that it creates.”
All of Paige's work is completed in a home studio, and the products are created using suppliers within the UK: “Supporting local companies is something I am keen to continue.”
Currently working on new designs, Paige has taken a forward-thinking approach for 2017: “My new designs remind me of my final year project at university,” she says. “It’s inspired by the future and has a lot of metallic, iridescent pastel colours, as well as shiny textures.”
You can check out this fantastic work on Paige Cavill's website. Be sure to also follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.