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MEET: Fiona Goodrum
by Karen Jinks of www.chalkhillstudio.co.uk
Please tell us who you are and and have focused all of my studies in Indoor Market selling handmade
what you do. these areas ever since. garments and wool. This was always
My name is Fiona Marie Goodrum an inspiration for me, and still is. I’ve
and I am a Fashion and Textile When did you first realise you could always crafted something and my
designer and Illustrator. I am also turn your craft into a business? parents have always, (and still do),
the proud owner of my fashion label I realised I could turn my craft into help sell things for me on their stall.
Fiona Goodrum Designs, where I a business at a young age after When my things started to sell quite
design and make all my garments, watching my parents do it. My parents regularly I realised people do like
and a majority of the fabrics I use opened their business in Durham my work, and this is when I started
are printed or embellished by me for selling my products on their stall, on
extra originality. I tend to produce my website (fgdesign.exofire.net)
my own art work or illustrations and and also on other e-commerce sites
then apply this in some way or other and at exhibitions.
to my garments. It’s like art to wear.
Describe your work setting.
How long have you been creating My work setting has always been the
for? little “spare room”. It is always full
I have always been a creator. I used of colour and pictures, fabrics and
to design clothes when I was in trimmings, ornaments and books,
primary school and my Mam and Dad calendars and mannequins. It really
used to make them up for me and is like Aladdin’s cave - I love it, even
my sister to wear. I then put all my though it is always untidy!! I like to call
passion into creating and designing it “work in progress”. At the minute
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