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Introducing our new Guest Blogger – Debbie Bryan

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A warm welcome to our new guest blogger, Debbie Bryan is a designer-maker based in Nottingham’s Lace Market who creates knitware and resin collections some of which are heavily inspired by Nottingham Lace and Nottingham’s Heritage. Her Studio and Shop is open to the public to visit and also showcases the work of local and national design and craft makers.

We asked Debbie 10 questions to get to know her a little bit better –

Who are you?
Debbie Bryan,
Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop or Debbie Bryan Limited
The Lace Market , Nottingham.

What brought you to Nottingham?
The areas Textile industry Heritage and to study a Textile Degree at Nottingham Trent University

What keeps you in Nottingham?
I love Nottingham, its a place of opportunity. It has a fantastic creative committy and plenty of support for a growing busines… that and a 6 year lease on the studio & shop!

What makes you different to other creative people in Nottingham?
I’m a designer maker at heart and enjoy the challenge of creating new collections and  new business relationships, however, since opening the design studio & shop in 2009 my business is much more than that, we’re part of the community rather than just a shop. We have created the opportunity to buy from British designers and encourage creativity though our design workshops and sunday tea parties

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
We have recently expanded the shop and the size of my studio which means we can showcase more collections, host our design workshops more comfortably, it was quite cosy before to say the least!

We are working with Nottinghamshire Museums to create Debbie Bryan Heritage at their gallery shops , we launch at Nottingham Castle in April. I hope this is something we can do with other City Councils, I’m have a genuine love for nostalgia and heritage.
For me as a maker I’m showing new collections including our new eco-fashion range in London ,Germany and France later this year and hope to re-visit the USA for the New York International Gift Fair in 2012.  After that, build on what I’m doing as a designer and retailer.

What do you wish you had more time for?
Going for a wander & having a good cuppa

What keeps you awake at night?
Dads Army, Rising Damp or more recently Max & Paddy

What do you think is Nottinghams best kept secret?
Er Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop of course !

What would you like to see more of in Nottingham?
More independent shops and a Heritage Visitors Centre

What Big thing are your currently working on?
Nottingham Designers Hannah Lobley, Jayne Childs and myself are going to a German Trade show in Karlsruhe, Nottingham is twinned with the city so we are working with Future Factory at NTU Nottingham City Council to create a series of creative twinning events in Karlsruhe in May and for here in Nottingham for Creative October 2011.

Visit Debbie at:-

www.debbiebryan.co.uk
Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop is open Mon – Sat 12 – 6pm
18 St Marys Gate
The Lace Market
Nottingham NG1 1PF