I am an artist/designer. I have a fine art degree and I have worked in the art industry for over 20 years. My passion is designing unique, versatile and stylish pure silk pocket squares for men and scarves for ladies. My philosophy at www.shopblueflamingo.com is to produce luxury accessories for men and women so they feel confident in colour and add flair to their outfits.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Judith. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am passionate about art and design. I have worked in the art industry for over 20 years but my first encounter into the artworld was when living in Portugal. I embarked on a ceramic tile painting course and set up a business working as a ceramic artist once I moved back to the UK. I went on to get my Fine Art degree at the age of 50 and today I am working as a designer of pure silk pocket squares for men and pure silk scarves for women. I enjoy making luxury accessories designed from my art experience and travels over 30 years.
Judith, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Designer?
I started as a designer of fashion 2 years ago. I sell some of my designs on tops which are currently sold on HSN American shopping channel. I aspire to produce luxury pure silk scarves for ladies and pure silk pocket squares for men available in the UK.
Who is your inspiration in life Judith? How do you keep inspired?
I am inspired by the artists Picasso, Frank Auerbach, Matisse and Van Gogh. As well as painting and drawing I enjoy photography and take my inspirations for my designs from living in London and my travels over 30 years.
We all make mistakes Judith, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Designer , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I am a great believer in learning from your mistakes. It is not failure that defines you but your strength in getting back up and moving forward. As I have got older I look back and see that I am now a much better listener and far easier to work with.
Judith ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Designer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I am currently a sole trader and I am fortunate to be able to work one on one with my suppliers. This also alliws me to work closely with my clients. I encourage those who buy my scarves and pocket squares to send me photograghs to include on my LookBook on my website. I am all about encouraging my clients to feel confident and bold in their style.
Please tell us Judith, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Designer?
The last year has been the hardest and most challenging for me next to studying for my fine art degree. I have worked really hard on my designs, sourcing the right suppliers in the Uk to produce my luxury pure silk pieces. They are all hand finished. I have also worked extremely hard with my web designers to produce a website which promotes my designs to their best. Also the website promotes my philosophy of artist designed products. My mantra is "Be bold, Be unique, Be Extraordinary.
Judith, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I remember working with clients during my Ceramic art days and doing commissions. This meant meeting with the clients and talking them through the design. Sometimes this meant explaining how I thought a design would work better for them compared to their original idea. It was very about working closely with clients until we came up with a design that they loved.
Judith please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Designer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment was having my designs on tops sold on HSN shopping channel in America. The presenter chose to wear one of my designs when presenting the collection. I sold over 280 pieces...very exciting.
Judith, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
My mostvexciting time in design has been setting up my new business on line with designs from my travels.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Designer?
To be successful as a designer you must be passionate and have an observant eye. Think outside the box, be determined to be successful. When you fall, learn from it and get back up. Allow your enthusiasm to exude in your work. Your designs must be a result of love. You never put anything out there that you would not love yourself.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am interested and open to any suggestions of collabotation with fashion designers, creatives, brands etc.
Photographer Judith Dawson