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My name is Alison Reid and I am a textile designer, illustrator and author.

Biography

From an early age I was always interested in drawing, and making things. At school when the careers teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was to become a children's book illustrator.

I attended art school for four years in the 80's, and specialised in Fashion and Textiles.

Since then more than twenty years has passed and I still have the same passion to be creative.

I have always had a penchant for tiny things. I think this came about after I acquired a small doll, 2cm in height from a bubble gum machine. Since then I have always had a strong attraction for all things tiny.

I also love to travel, to be able to see new places can be so inspirational. Faraway places have always intrigued me. When I was a child my father travelled all over the world and would often send me postcards from countries that looked nothing like the one I lived in. It all seemed so magical and exciting.

My work has evolved into many forms over the years. As I had initially trained in woven textiles, I started out weaving decorative trimmings for both fashion and interiors. The trims appealed to my love of small things as they were tiny and intricate. The trims were sold off the roll through V V Rouleaux in London. Clients included Nicole Farhi and Marc Jacobs New York. They were featured in many different journals such as Elle, World of Interiors, Elle Decoration and Saturday Telegraph magazine.

Following a change in direction I began to look at stitching, both hand and by machine, and that is how I have arrived where I am now.

Today, I illustrate, create, sew, and write books. So in a way I am doing what I had wanted to be when I was a child.