Meet Charlotte Duffy the Designer Behind the Gorgeous Dovecraft Bohemian collection

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am Charlotte and I am a designer/ illustrator who works each day from my sunny studio in Bristol. It is a very arty city, full of creatives and quirkiness, so it’s a perfect and inspiring place for me to work. I spend my days painting and drawing, which I absolutely love doing so I am very grateful that I can call it my job. I went to university to do textile design, and when I graduated I took the plunge by setting up on my own as a freelancer as it is something I had always dreamed I would do and I couldn't wait! I create artwork for many things including greetings cards, wall art, stationery, accessories and home interior products. 

When did you first realise that you had a passion for design?

I have had a life-long love of painting and colours, at the age of two I would wake up in the morning and asking to do painting so my mum had a permanent art table set up for me so I could go to it any time and we would do lots of art together. I was very lucky to have so much encouragement. I was home schooled for quite a few years which was a great blessing as it gave me the freedom to be creative most of the time.

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Which other designers do you look up to?

I love the work of so many different designers with all different styles, from the bright, loose watery florals of Bluebellgray and Helen Dealtry to the amazing intricate illustrations of Johanna Basford and Teagan White. 

What advice would you give to the future generation of designers? 

I would say don't be afraid to start out on your own and don't believe that you must first get a 'normal job' before doing design. With a huge amount of hard work and determination and if you really love designing you can succeed. 

Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?

Nature is my biggest inspiration, I adore bright colours and I find inspiration everywhere I go. 

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Do you like to craft?

I've always handmade every birthday card for all my family...that’s my crafty tradition!  

This is your first range with us; did you enjoy working on this collaboration?

I really enjoyed collaborating with Trimcraft on the Bohemian range it was a great experience. It was so fun to work on a whole range of coordinating designs for the paper pads and really exciting to see the final results in the beautiful range of products. I particularly love the flowery buttons!

What trends can we expect to see from you in the future?

At the moment I am doing a 100 Day Project where I paint a different bird every day and I post them on Instagram. It’s given me so much inspiration and really developed my style and no doubt will influence my future work. I am choosing bright and beautiful birds from around the world. I am not too boxed in by trends as my inspiration usually comes from nature itself. You can expect, bright, colourful nature inspired painterly creations!

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Do you have any hobbies? 

My hobbies are mainly related to art, I love what I do so I spend most of my time drawing or painting so I suppose that’s my main hobby! At the weekends I'm often out finding interesting furniture to restore, as I have a passion for interior design. I also enjoy going to the gym or swimming most days. Gardening is something I love to do, I have filled my studio balcony with flowers which brings me a lot of happiness as my desk looks out onto it. 

If we gave you a million pounds how would you spend it?

I would see a million pounds as a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my family and as many people as I could. My dream would be to buy some land and build a beautiful eco home with a community of art studios with space for other creatives to work, for art classes and different projects. I would carry on creating and expanding my artwork in this wonderful space!

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