Profile: Bubbles at the Head

I love parusing Etsy and I love simple patterns. This led me to finding the work of Carla Dawes at her shop Bubbles at the Head, where she creates beautiful hand-printed textiles, homewares and contemporary art.

Take a look below at her inspiration, her creative beginnings and her overall goals.

Travel is my main inspiration. I work mostly from my travel photo’s which begins with an idea or inspiration, then start to draw designs in Indian Ink using a calligraphy pen.

What clues did you have about your natural tendencies that led you do be a Creative?

From a very young age I was always creating, whether it was creating elaborate mud pies in the garden to endless hours of drawing, and then when I was a bit older, embroidery this was my happy place. My parents also sent me to a Steiner school in my primary years which I consider my biggest influence in nurturing my imagination and creativity. I truly had the best foundation a child could of wished for.

When did you decide to start your own business?

For years I ran a small catering business before I started my screen printing studio, so I had years of small business knowledge under my belt. Once I finished my Visual Art degree I started to look for a studio to move into to gradually build up my homewares collection and classes. I love working for myself as I can tailor my working hours around my family.

What was the best piece of advice you were given as you were starting out?

The best piece of advice came from my Grandfather, which was to work hard, learn from your mistakes, carefully feel your way and build up gradually, my family has always had the utmost faith in me, which is the best support ever.

 

What do you do behind the scenes?

There’s many facets behind a small business, each morning starts to answering emails and collecting orders, here’s a few behind the scenes - 

•    Studio time printing fabrics. 

•    Ordering materials such as fabrics, zippers, cottons, packaging, labels, ink etc.. 

•    Organising classes and enrollments. 

•    Mentoring school students.

•    Sewing my homewares.

•    Posting orders off. 

•    Exposing screens.

•    Collaborating

What is your inspiration for your work?

Travel is my main inspiration. I work mostly from my travel photo’s which begins with an idea or inspiration, then start to draw designs in Indian Ink using a calligraphy pen. 

What is your goal during each project?

To design fabric that resonates with my favoruite colours and designs, meaning when I look at the final outcome I like what I see. I also believe in using eco sensitive materials as much as possible and collaborating / working with local folk to see my product through. 

What are a few things people don’t know about you?

I’m crazy about 80s music! It reminds me of good times! I get restless if I don’t have a plan to travel somewhere.