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Retail for Museums & Galleries: Olive Pearson Designs

In number six of our continuing series on designers and makers whose beautiful handmade work is just right for museum and gallery retailers, we look at knitwear maestro Olive Pearson. This online series is brought to you through our partnership with the Association for Cultural Enterprises. We invite you to browse Olive’s “virtual” stand, admire this gorgeous work and consider which pieces you’d be delighted to find in a museum or gallery shop.

Olive is based in Glasgow, where she delights in creating small-scale geometric patterns in a range of “clean” colour combinations. Her smart luxurious hats, throws and cowls are made only from soft natural materials such as cashmere, merino and silk, and Olive has a commitment to zero waste in design and making. An earlier career as a cartographer uncovered her love of the design process “balancing colour, line, symbol and text detail to create both aesthetically pleasing and accurate maps”. This joyous and yet methodical process has clearly carried over to her textile designs.

Olive’s approach to making is based in slow fashion and sustainability. She delights in creating the right product for her clients, and enjoys carefully development of bespoke items and collections.

Contact details for Olive areĀ  here. Click here for no 7 in the series: ceramicist Jillian Riley.

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