Accrington mum creates a range of textiles inspired by her time with her son

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An Accrington mum has been inspired to create a range of textiles based on her experiences with her seven-year-old son.

Molly Hudson, 27, a third year BA (Hons) Contemporary Textiles student is showcasing her work based on memories made with her son Bobby at Blackburn University Centre’s Annual Art and Design Degree Show 2022 at Blackburn College’s Victoria Building, which was launched on Friday night by fashion designer Wayne Hemingway.

The show, which is being run until 17th June, showcases the talent and culmination of practice of degree students at Blackburn University Centre.

Molly, who initially embarked on a degree at the University of Huddersfield, returned to study after taking four years out of education to look after her son.

She has now set up her own company called ‘Brambles and Bobbins’ and hopes to make a name for herself selling contemporary textiles.

She said: “I’ve been heavily inspired by my work for the exhibition by my son. We were given the freedom to choose what we wanted to focus on and as a single parent I wanted to base my project around my relationship with him.

“As a parent you find yourself doing a lot of things with your children that you used to do yourself as a child, and that’s really what inspired my theme of childhood nostalgia and memories.

“We go for a lot of walks and picnics so there’s a theme of woodlands which is shown in my ‘Sunday Strolls’ designs while our picnics feature in my ‘Summer Picnic’ concept, and the ‘Fairground Frolics’ patterns came from a trip we took to Southport when we went to a fairground.

“I wanted to create something which felt familiar to people and something which enables the viewer to take their very own trip down memory lane. The concepts which I have decided to explore aren’t just concepts which are familiar to me, I think most people will be able to resonate with them.”

All Molly’s designs have been hand sketched with watercolor added before being scanned into a computer and worked on digitally.

She added: “I’ve taken inspiration from William Morris as I really like his patterns. I feel my illustrations can be applied to anything from wallpaper to home wear and fashion.

“I’ve loved the whole process of creating the work, and my son has watched every step as my designs have been brought to life from initially taking photographs while we have been out and about, to seeing the fabric being made into cushions.

“It’s been hard solo parenting and returning to education, especially with Covid and having to juggle the university work and childcare, but I’m really glad I decided to do it. It’s been a very positive experience which has helped me to find my identity again, and I’ll be sad when it’s all over.

“My tutors at Blackburn University Centre have been fantastic and the more personal class-sizes have meant that my confidence has increased greatly as the tutors are always on hand to help.”

16 Jun 2022, 17:44 PM