Swanky Maison is a company that supports great design and wherever possible we like to showcase and shout about the talent we are lucky enough to include in our collection of unique gifts and homeware. As our Designer Spotlight series continues, this month, Swanky has designs on Jola Designs.
Jola Designs is a a small business based in Wilmslow. The collection includes lots of lovely personalised cushions, wall art, cards and other home accessories. We caught up with the talent behind the business, Jayne.
SM: How did you start you business and what led you to this career path?
Since completing my Degree in Design specialising in Ceramics I have wanted to start my own business. For twenty years I worked in retail and did my own design work in my spare time. Eventually, after talking about it for years, I decided to take the plunge and started designing for myself, creating the first Jola designs product, the ever popular Handmade City Cushion, which of course can be personalised to be any city!
SM: Who and/or what inspires your designs?
Anything and everything inspires me! What I love is when a customer asks for something bespoke, such as re drawing wedding dresses, which I enjoy drawing then printing onto a cushion or linen canvas adding sparkle to the detail on the dress – capturing the image forever. Also at the moment I’m really into experimenting with different fonts and making our favourite quotes look visually exciting.
SM: How do you go about coming up with new designs?
Something will inspire me and I’ll make a quick sketch, or take a photo then I’ll go back to it later…I have sketch books filled with ideas! I love abstract art and combining sketches with different textures and colours. However at the moment the new designs are mainly inspired by customer requests; which is helping to build up a strong portfolio of ideas.
SM: Describe your working environment, what surrounds you, how do you work?
As I am still working part time and ‘Jola-ing’ every other minute, I have a studio at home I hide myself away in. The walls are covered with inspiring bits of fabric, magazine cuttings and doodles on scraps of paper! Then I have an office where I print my cards and do all the other paperwork. My husband tries to encourage ‘order’ but I love my organised chaos! It inspired the design for my Organised Chaos Retro Large Boudoir Cushion!
M: What is your favourite product from your collection?
This changes all the time as my favourite is usually the last design I’ve created…at the moment it’s the Personalised Mums The Word Boudoir Cushion…a great Mother’s Day Gift.
SM: What makes you different?
Jola Designs is unique as it combines hand drawn designs and wording with luxury fabrics, we are also able to create one off pieces…our designs are so varied we hope there’s something for everyone.
SM: Putting you on the spot, what is your favourite Swanky Maison product, other than from your collection and why?
My favourite item is Timea Sido’s Tangled Web Decorative Bowl . I love ceramics and this is so gorgeous with its intricate design finished with a touch of platinum…it would look perfect on in my lounge!
SM: Finally, what do you have in store for us in the future, are you working on any news designs/products our readers might be interested in?
We have just launched ‘Jola Home’ which includes some gorgeous throws and fleeces which I am really excited about…I am also working on some new cushions to complement the collection…I might even unleash some of my artwork from my sketch books!
Well, we’re very excited to be working with Jola Designs and can’t wait to see the new collections! To see the full Jola Designs collection, click here. Enjoy!