There’s a fashion and textiles thread to all that I do, from running the Bath branch of the Knitting & Crochet Guild, being a founding member and the Marketing Officer for the seam textile collective, managing the website for the Textile Society, and my own textile design work making sculptural hand knitted capes, wraps and cowls. Encouraging engagement with textiles is a key theme for me. 

Previous roles include business development and events at the Fashion Museum in Bath, where I developed and implemented an annual events programme and other income generating engagement activity linked to the Museum exhibition schedule.

When I’m not busy with all of this, I love to travel with my very supportive and patient Northern Irishman. I’ll also be taking 2019 as maternity leave as we welcome a little person into the world. 

Being widowed at 30 years of age made me stop and consider how I spend my time. After a decade of working in a corporate environment I decided to return to doing “something creative” and completed an MA in Design (Textiles) at Bath Spa University.

The isla design blog was created as a record of my research and work for my MA  and has continued beyond my year of study.  Now the blog is a record of events and exhibitions I’ve organised, participated in or attended, as well as thoughts and musings on related topics giving a bit of a ‘behind the scenes’ look into all that I do and am inspired by.

The name and ethos behind isla design originates from:

  • me, Desiree Isla Goodall.  First used in the 20th century in Scotland, the name Isla originates from the island of Islay in the Hebrides.  This traditional Scottish name is still in use within my family today.
  • the figurative islands in my life, who have taught and encouraged the techniques I use to make; my parents and grandmother (a prolific knitter who is also the person I get my Scottish name from).
  • the literal islands I have lived on and am inspired by; New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

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