WE’VE GOT FRILLS – THEY’RE MULTIPLYING.
Ok, we had to do that one, but seriously we have got something pretty incredible up our sleeves with our brand new addition to the Directory, Frill Factory. Frill Factory are a decor company with a difference. Alongside their neon lights, lightboxes, and wicker lounge packages, they’re a social enterprise who reclaim materials and fabric destined for landfill and make gorgeous textured decor + installations, which you can then hire out for weddings. Their whole business model is focussed on giving back to the local West Dunbartonshire community but also showing the beautiful in the ugly. Gritty, urban and raw, Frill Factory are 100% stunner, full of heart and soul, and perfect for decorating your big day.
WHO ARE YOU + WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
We are Frill Factory CIC; A Social Enterprise based in West Dunbartonshire who specialise in Set Design. We hire out items for events & weddings that encompass our fierce style and view on life, including Neon Signs, Wicker Lounge Packages and bespoke Lightboxes that will light up a room + your heart.
We create Frill Installations using fabric and paper, resources otherwise tossed to landfill with a clear mission to travel + build a young person workforce – teaching young people creative industry skills and design thinking. Our mission right now is to build our portfolio of frills, taking on the urban art world and to set design derelict areas of West Dunbartonshire showing the ‘beauty in the unexpected’.
DESCRIBE YOUR WORKPLACE.
Our studio is a Frill + Neon bubble based within a community centre in the heart of West Dunbartonshire. We pride ourselves on being roots up and literally have wicker hanging from the rafters! Our product range is always better viewed in real life so we encourage everyone to visit our studio – you will be greeted by donuts from the local bakery and Staffie cuddles.
WHERE/HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
It all began at Art School when I knew I wanted to pursue my passion for Urban Art and Set Design whilst taking my background in Illustration with me. I felt compelled to start Frill Factory and quit my life overnight to follow my calling – scariest decision ever!
FAVOURITE WORK TO DATE?
‘Cassandra’, our Frill Installation for hire – she’s made from landfill fabric and lotsa love.
WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Makers who have actively chosen to pursue a calling that’s a bit random but you can totally tell it’s a part of who they are. Some of these people are – Confetti System, Colour Condition, Rachel Burke & Inner City Weddings.
DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY.
A typical day begins peacefully with some exercise, perhaps a walk or a cycle to take in my surroundings and try to be present in the moment as I can easily get overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs done – this all obviously involves Leah our Staffie of course! We head up the studio in our frill’d out van and continue building the Frill empire with our apprentice Beth who keeps us all young at heart.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO?
I love going to Kelvin Grove Park, parking my car at Patrick, walking through charity shops and ending up in the park with a coffee (from KAF) and Leah running about with all the other dogs. I have taken my skateboard and asked some of the younger kids to teach me which is hilarious but I’m always trying to find ways to push myself out my comfort zone.
FAVOURITE WEDDING VENUE?
Anything industrial and ugly in many ways – the more raw the better.
TRENDS YOU HOPE TO SEE THIS SEASON.
Influx of installs
…and pastel winter weddings like mine because it was so much fun!
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
‘Get out of your comfort zone and always push yourself – this is how you become great’ Cameron Campbell, My Art lecturer