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FREYA IS OUR LOVELY PAL. NOT ONLY IS SHE A DREAM TO WORK WITH (SHE HANDPRINTED OUR TEES THAT YOU CAN PICK UP HERE) SHE’S A SERIOUSLY TALENTED TEXTILE DESIGNER & SCREENPRINTER.
HER WORK IS QUIRKY, COLOURFUL & EXPERIMENTAL. THIS GIRL KNOWS HOW TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS!
FREYA TELLS US ABOUT THE CHILDHOOD ADVENTURES THAT SPARKED HER UNIQUENESS AND ABOUT HER SCHOOL DAYS THAT SAW HER HIDE IT AWAY... UNTIL NOW.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always felt creative. My mum is extremely gifted (she can do pretty much whatever project she turns her hand to!), and her mum was an amazing painter, it's in our blood. I think my creativity was really awoken when my parents took myself and my older sister out of school and off on an adventure. We travelled around Europe and the USA, I was only 5 at the time but there are certain things that I remember so vividly - The giant eggs that top the wall of the Salvador Dali museum, climbing up in to the crown of the Statue of Liberty, thinking how small the Mona Lisa was when I saw it in real life and exploring Guadi's incredible Park Guell in Barcelona, not to mention my ever growing fascination over the Sagrada Familia temple - apparently I used to draw it from memory for months after! I was so lucky to have parents who wanted to embed this culture and creativity in us from an early age.
We settled in Cornwall in the end and I started straight in to the second year of primary school. It was obvious I didn't fit in. I’d been on this wonderous inspirational journey and was wearing clothes that we’d bought from European markets. My hair was in braids, done by locals we’d stayed with when there were no rooms available in hostels, and I had this knowledge of the world that most 6 year olds didn't have. My head just worked and thought in a different way. My family all saw this as a good thing but the other kids at school just thought I was weird and as a result the bullying started.
The bullying continued throughout primary school, secondary school and even college. It made me not want to be different anymore, I didn’t WANT to be what I was MEANT to be - creative. I dropped out of college and started working for New Look. I did manage a bit of creativity in my role there, I even climbed up and became a visual merchandiser. But deep down I knew retail wasn't what I wanted to do. I felt cheated out of my chance to finish college, go on to university and be let loose on the creative world. I had let the bullies win. I was most upset about letting them take my creativity - the most precious part of me.
I took a leap of faith and I ended up studying a BA (hons) in Textile Design at Falmouth University - I hadn’t followed the conventional route to Uni, but they took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity to be me again. They encouraged and supported me when my confidence was lacking, and made me feel like my creativity was an asset again.
I graduated in 2012 and in 2013 I was back in the Textile Design department at Falmouth University but this time as a member of staff! I’m now the senior technician for printed textiles encouraging and supporting others in their creative pursuits. I also run my own studio where I design and print collections of textiles and garments, collaborate with other creatives and work on commissions. I would say that I’m pretty lucky!