The people behind the company are as important as the company itself! That’s why we decided to run a short ‘Meet the team’ interview cycle, so you can get to know the women behind Playful Promises a little bit better.
Let’s start with Eragh – our super creative design manager, where the print and fabric magic happens...
Tell us a little bit about your journey – what first got you into textile/pattern design?
I have always been into drawing and crafts, since I was young and when it came to choosing a career, textile design seemed like the right fit.
Besides design, what other passions do you have and how do they influence your work?
I love to travel, dreaming of exotic locations definitely is a big influence on my work. I enjoy finding new music and going to gigs, the style of all the different people there can sometimes end up giving me inspiration for my next print.
What do you find the most challenging about your job?
Anticipating what the next big print trend is going to be.
… and the most rewarding?
When I'm right about the next print trend!
What would you consider your most proud achievement so far?
Beyonce was photographed wearing a Topshop bikini that I had designed the print for, so that would have to be it!
I often see you with your headphones on while working – what’s on the playlist?
It really depends on the day! I listen to a bizarrely varied track list, one day it could be 90s rnb/hip hop, the next country and folk and then of course indie rock, such as Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes.
How would you define creativity?
Actively engaging your imagination.
Where do you look for inspiration?
When I'm stuck for inspiration, pinterest always helps! Wandering around art galleries inspires me and gets me in the mood to create. Watching Wes Anderson movies usually kickstarts me to create too. I like to read, and find that a good story never fails to inspire me.
What’s the next step for you? Do you have any future aspirations that you would like to share?
I'm not really sure yet! I suppose the dream is to own your own company one day!
What sets your prints apart?
As I mostly design prints for swimwear, you can be a lot crazier with print design, so I guess that's what sets mine apart.
Any advices for budding print designers?
Get as many internships as possible!
If you were to describe yourself in just a three words, what would you say?
Ambitious, Creative, Mermaid.
Is there an unbreakable rule you live by?
To always dream big.
What do you enjoy away from working? What is your getaway?
I love to travel, explore new cities, going to festivals and gigs is always a great getaway
What is it like to be working on Playful Promises' team? ;)
It's incredible to be working with a team of such amazingly skilled and lovely women!