BeautifulWild, Textiles, Home Décor and Workshops

by Sharron Mcgrady in Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom

BeautifulWild, Textiles, Home Décor and Workshops
We did it
On 30th December 2019 we successfully raised £1,345 with 54 supporters in 48 days

To grow my start up business, buy necessary equipment and materials to produce quality unique and conscious products and creative workshops

by Sharron Mcgrady in Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

with the extra funding I would like to split this 1) to have products manufactured in the UK to sell commercially with other retailer and increase profits.

 2) Doing this would allow me to invest my time and money in additional community creative workshops that would be subsidised or free of charge. 

 The cost of a 2.5hr workshop for 6 people is approximately £90, this is split between space hire and basic materials. Even by offering 1 free class per month I need £1080 per year which at present I can't afford.  The stretch funding would be invaluable for this. 

I am hoping that once the business is making a healthy profit that this would be affordable but right now I need YOU to help me. 


 A little bit about me

Hi, My name is Sharron, Owner of Beautiful Wild

After studying fashion and textiles for 3 years, I have set up my own textiles, interior decor and accessories business. I design my own fabric and have this digitally printed to use on my products and I also  offer a bespoke interiors service to help clients colour match their decor palettes.

I have always loved colour, I surround myself with it as a pop of colour can instantly lift you and your surroundings.  I love to work with bold patterns and palettes and this is reflected in my designs.  Most of my designs are photography led as this was my very first passion, I also have a BA(H) in Media specialising in documentary making.  I love anything that is visually stimulating, ,the arts both creative and performing and strongly believe that having a creative outlet is beneficial to mental health and this  is one of the main reasons I also run creative workshops.

After graduating from University I worked briefly in a media related job before relocating from London to Glasgow where I worked in both domestic and commercial sales for a number of years.  After 16yrs I left the world of sales to study fashion and textiles with the intention of running my own business.

 I launched Beautiful Wild: Textiles, Home Decor and Accessories in July 2019


Some of my handmade lampshades on sale at a recent event at The Arches, Glasgow

Happy Customers

 I currently run  creative and textiles workshops in Paisley and the wider area and I would love to offer some of these on a free or subsidised basis for people who face social exclusion such as long term illness or unemployment and teach them new skills. I believe that being creative can be of benefit to people who have social anxieties, depression and other mental health issues and I would like to get more involved in community arts.

I am a Graduate member of the Scottish Artist union and fully insured to teach textiles workshops and I would  encourage those taking part  to look at further education in textiles as a possible pathway into a fabulous career.  the main aim of the workshops however is for people to be able to socialise and have fun while learning a new skill in a relaxed and safe environment. 

I have a small work space but am in need of some equipment and materials in order to grow the business to its full potential and this will give me the time and money to carry out the  creative workshops at a subsidised rate.

Lampshade making Workshop at the Haberdashery 19th October 2019

My workshops made the local paper

my aim for 2020 is to be able print a wider range of  fabrics and create accessories in collaboration with  local artists and illustrators but in order to fulfil this I am in need of screen printing equipment, a heat press and associated materials.  My long term goal is to have all of my fabric designs printed and readily in stock for use in my luxury handmade lampshades, home decor and accessories. By having a supply of fabric I can then arrange for some of my products to be manufactured, this would free up my time to teach more workshops within the community and grow the business as a whole. 

Some of My printed fabrics designs

I have recently been successful in gaining a place in my local council  business Incube mentorship programme for creative business practice, this will be an invaluable experience and gives access to the following to ensure the business is successful, only  handful of creatives are picked each year and I am lucky enough to be one of those. 

The Invest in Renfrewshire Incubator Hub (InCube) is a fantastic opportunity to launch or grow your own creative business with funding and support from industry specialists and advisors.

Winning entrepreneurs will win a package of support for up to 9 months including:

Free office & meeting space in modern & fully equipped premises in Paisley town centre, with free IT, video conferencing and WiFi.

Advisory support on e-commerce, branding, website & social media

Access to a range of workshops on the “how to” aspects of making your business successful eg marketing, book-keeping, sales, customer service, business growth planning

Access to free retail space in InCube shop to showcase/sell your own products

Business advisory support

Business mentoring within a creative, supportive environment.

Access to high profile networking events

New window Exhibition @popspace Paisley Piazza, exhibition running until 6thJan 2020

 and finally some of the rewards on offer.........



I would love to be a  full time designer and producer of conscious contemporary textiles, home decor and accessories and in order to do this I need a little bit of financial help and this is where you my pledgers fit in, My work is described as quirky, abstract, conscious, vivid, beautiful and wild but most of all colourful.  I'd like to bring more colour into people's lives and your pledge could help me to bring this dream to reality.  Thank you for reading, Sharron, 

  • you can see some of my recent fabric designs here:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5DHMIiFobG/?igshid=22b9yhvefocy

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£75 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Reward

A 30cm drum lampshade covered in a beautiful Wild Textiles designer soft velvet fabric with metallic mirror interior of your choice(gold, silver or copper)

£20 or more

£10-20 Reward

Bespoke beautiful Wild Tote or Handmade lantern

£25 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£25-50 Reward

A handmade 20cm lampshade made from custom designed fabric not available on the high street

£50 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

30cm handmade drum lampshade covered with a beautiful Wild Textiles own design fabric and a vinyl interior, colour of your choice

£60 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£60 Reward

A handmade luxury velvet 18 inch cushion made from a unique to Beautiful Wild, fabric design. Choose from a variety of fabrics and backing colours

£100 or more

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£50 Reward

A private lampshade making workshop for you and a friend. This will be a 2.5hr workshop we're you will learn to make your own fabulous 20cm drum shade suitable for any table or bottle lamp, all materials included.

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