Being namedropped in Vogue could leave you feeling like you’re on a well cushioned pedestal. Our She Says interview is with Georgia Bosson – a textile designer with her studio based in Bermondsey. And despite this aforementioned acclaim for her handmade designer products, Georgia is firmly grounded with outdoor sports, yoga and even making sourdough squeezed in around a full time business. She is committed to keeping all of the Georgia Bosson production based in the UK using small independent suppliers to print and quilt the fabric and women's charities for the sewing. This all leads to smaller production runs, less waste and for you – a beautiful product with longevity, that can be passed on to the next generation.
Hello Georgia! The post is called She Says… so if you could introduce yourself in your own words?
Hello! I studied embroidery in Manchester where I learnt to approach design in an experimental and material-led way, having huge amounts of fun creating spaces with old parachutes and sails, amongst other things!
It wasn’t until 2012 when I signed up for my first market that I started to think about turning the things that I made for fun into a business.
Other important things to know; I can be very messy, my brain is often fizzing with ideas and I usually have around three or four things on the go at once in the studio. I seem to work best when surrounded by stuff - works in progress, scraps of colour, bits of fabric. It helps the ideas move and develop in an organic way and creates a certain level of unpredictability about what is going to come out.
What makes your products different?
I think the thing that makes my work stand out is that everything is inspired by felt skeletons (the remnants from the industrial die cutting of felt washers).
They are weird and wonderful things and I find them endlessly fascinating. My aim is to find a use for everything from the factory waste pile one day. For now, I will content myself with limited edition cushions and using them as inspiration for my prints.
You quickly get the impression that your business has a heart – what are the values that you hold most strongly?
I made a decision very early on in my business that if I was going to put more 'stuff' into the world I needed to feel good about how it was made and what it was made from. So, I only use linen or organic fabrics, which use almost no pesticides and less water to grow.
If a product manages to tick all of my boxes then it makes it to market, and if not then it is back to the drawing board!
Where in London would we most likely find you on a Saturday morning?
Brockley market - my boyfriend and I moved to Deptford about eighteen months ago and it’s become a bit of a Saturday staple that then encourages a nice long run around Greenwich park on a Sunday morning!
I have also recently completed a commission to do the upholstery for a new café in Camberwell called Lumberjack, it is a fantastic project that is designed to help young unemployed people learn skills that will set up for future work, whilst earning a wage (they are currently crowdfunding for the project here) - My future alternative Saturday morning hang out!
Testing you now - if you could only use one colour in 2016 what would it be and why?
I am really into blue at the moment, specifically one that is veering towards purple, sort of periwinkle crossed with a colbalt blue (I've just done a blue collection of textile panels for The White Company, pictured below left). It is a joyful colour and you can't beat one of those!
So, we have to ask, which of the Lee Renee collections do you most relate to and why?
When I first met Lee at a market in 2012 I fell in love with her tiny pineapple necklaces, I still love them now.
And finally - to pass on the love to our wonderful readers – ‘She Says to be successful in life…’
Do what you love, as much as you can.
Check out Georgia’s beautiful work here