Every once in awhile you have a chance to cross paths with someone you admire. This happened twice for me on my recent trip—once in London, once in Paris. (London story coming soon).
I have been seeing—and loving—the lively watercolor artistry of Fiona Douglas, the artist behind Bluebellgray (website, facebook page), featured in magazines in recent months. Last week in Paris I was walking the halls of the Textile Hall at Maison et Objet, the definitive home décor show, when I came upon their display. What a treat to put aside my tongue-tied attempts at speaking French and sit for awhile with three delightful women from Glasgow, Scotland.
Fiona, Georgie and Wendy were welcoming, and provided us with espresso and kindness. We were more than happy to get off our feet to sit among the plush gorgeous pillows and talk about art, textiles, how much we love Paris, the wonders of Glasgow, the buildings and designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and Vermont. Probably a few other things too….
Fiona’s story of creating her business began when she studied painting in art school. She was brimming with ideas and designs, but her professors didn’t respect or encourage her approach. A friend invited her to investigate a textile design program, and suddenly everything clicked into place. The switch made all the difference, and Fiona began to create the style and techniques that she is known for today with Bluebellgray.
It’s rare to find a fit for your passions during early years of training, and Fiona is grateful for her good fortune. She was pleased to tell us that her very supportive husband enabled her to start the business, and from the response in Paris, I’d say it’s a successful endeavor. I look forward to seeing where Fiona’s paintbrush will take her in the coming years.
Here’s wishing that your autumn garden is as colorful as Fiona’s paintings!