Local designer Frances Boyd has had her creative designs featured in this month’s edition of popular home magazine House Beautiful.
Frances Boyd in her own words is a designer, illustrator and lover of all pattern related products. Print & colour obsessed with a fresh and unique signature style.
When not working and being a mum to three young boys Frances works freelance and spends her time doodling, creating designs to “make the world a prettier place” which she certainly does with her stunning bespoke designs creating stationery, kidswear, home products, and packaging.
Frances knew from a young age that she’d want a career in art of some form or another, and loved to draw as a child. Her Mum and Auntie are both brilliant artists so she was always surrounded by art growing up. Although she completed a Textile Design Degree at Loughborough University, it wasn’t until after University that she really started thinking about getting involved in design using computers, as they were getting used more and more in the design process, so she bought her first apple and hasn’t looked back since!
Frances completed a course called ‘The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design’ with Rachael Taylor. Surface Pattern Design was enjoying a bit of a revival at the time, and it was always one of Frances’ favourite pastimes, popping into book shops and stationery stalls to admire the beautiful notebooks and stationery.
After the course, Frances decided to freelance part time and was lucky enough to be chosen by Ruth Macalister of Quincy lampshades, to have one of her designs used on a lampshade, which was a sell out!
Last year Frances made the move to go full time as a Surface Patten Designer and has worked with some fab people since. One of her recent clients was Theo Williams of Another Brand.
Frances was then approached by a studio in New York called Arte Flora with whom she exhibited with at Surtex. Working under the studio, and for Nicole the director, Frances gained invaluable experience and learnt so much about the industry.
Living on the beautiful Isle of Man surrounded by coastal scenery and wildlife makes it easy to for Frances to be inspired. Whether it be on walks with her dog and children or rooting through antique and charity shops searching for that little gem or retro fabric.
Pinterest and Instagram are also fab source of inspiration for her too.
Frances has a few exciting projects in the pipeline which she can’t wait to share with everyone, but is always looking for new exciting collaborations or projects. There is so much more she’d love to do…create a fabric line, another stationery collection, homeware, and her design goal would be to work with a publisher to create some illustrations for a children’s book. She dreams of collaborating with a fashion designer and would love nothing more than to see her artwork used as a couture print.