3 ISSUES FOR JUST £3 Subscribe to Hampshire Life today click here

Designer Jody Myerscough-Walker on having her own specialist fabrics company

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:00 01 September 2014

Archant

Jody Myerscough-Walker always knew she wanted to be a designer. Now her dream has come true with the creation of Bon Maison, her own specialist fabrics company

Jody Myerscough-Walker has clearly inherited the creative gene from her grandfather, the famous architect and abstract artist Raymond Myerscough-Walker, and she was always destined for a career in design. When she was small, Jody sat for hours creating houses for her Trolls and Barbies out of cardboard boxes. “My finest creation was a hair salon for my Barbies,” she says, “with egg cartons for the sinks.” As she got older she progressed from cardboard boxes to decorating her bedroom, much to her parents’ delight.

Art and Design was a strong subject for her at school and it seemed natural for her to choose Winchester School of Art to extend her studies.

“Art & Design has always been my main passion and I couldn’t really see myself doing anything else. My art teachers at Brunton School For Girls, Brian Wyatt and Terri Hogan, were a massive influence on me pursuing my creativity.”

Not feeling that a career as an artist was quite for her, Jody wanted a more practical application of her skills and interests.

“My interest in design has always had an interiors slant. I love designing patterns and then seeing them transform onto fabric, which people can have in their homes. It always makes me proud to go into a room and think ‘wow, I drew the design you have on your curtains’.”

After graduating, Jody worked at Etre in Winchester and loved choosing fabrics for design schemes from companies such as Harlequin and Zimmer & Rohde.

After learning the ropes, it seemed natural for her to develop her own fabric brand.

“I got approached by Grand Designs Live and in 2010 launched my first collection at their London Show. Things have continued to develop and progress since then to the point where I now run Bon Maison full time.”

Her parents live in France and it is there where Jody finds she is most creative.

“It gives me distance from my day-to-day life and a chance to escape and relax. When you’re in that mindset I find creativity flows more freely.

“I will go for a walk with my Dad and discover something interesting. Then I’ll sketch down some ideas and think about colours I have seen and like before working out how these will combine. I am obsessed with bright, neon colours so I will find colour inspiration in lots of unusual places.”

Jody runs Bon Maison from her home studio and works with other local businesses to turn her fabrics in to items for the home.

She relies heavily on word of mouth to promote her business, and uses Twitter to connect with other designers. Now ready to grow her company, Jody would love to have a shop in the city she has grown to love.

“An amazing neon fabric emporium where people can choose fabrics, custom designed seating and lampshades whilst enjoying some tea and homemade cakes.” Sounds like the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

***

Name: Jody Myerscough-Walker

Business name: Bon Maison

Length of time in business: 4 years

Number of employees: Just me

Ethos: Printed fabrics and home accessories with a hint of neon. Hand designed in the UK.

Location: Winchester

Contact: www.bon-maison.co.uk

--------------------------------------------------

Read on

Actor Kiran Rai on Hollywood ambition, his TV chat show and spending time in Hampshire

Interview with Atlantis star and Alton resident Sarah Parish

Compilation of quotes from celebrities and personalities featured in Hampshire Life

More from Out & About

10:31

10 of best photos of Hampshire shared on Instagram over the past week...

Read more
Tue, 09:55

This year Winchester’s Theatre Royal celebrates the 40th anniversary of its re-opening as a performance theatre

Read more
Mon, 15:30

Avon Valley, Beer and Cake is the ABC of why Ringwood, a busy market town on the western edge of the New Forest, makes a quirkily clever choice for a break away

Read more
Monday, September 10, 2018

Lego enthusiast Duncan Titmarsh has built his business brick by brick; from tinkering in his garden shed to internationally acclaimed sculptures

Read more
Monday, September 10, 2018

New Forest ponies are an iconic sight, yet modern-day pressures pose a constant threat to the traditional landscape. Viv Micklefield heads to Lyndhurst to take stock of what happens inside England’s oldest forest court

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

From Austen’s treasures to castles built by Henry VIII, Heritage Open Days (6-9 and 13-16 September 2018) allow you to step behind the doors of some of the county’s most iconic but hidden premises.

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

With the New Forest, South Downs and a picturesque coastline, Hampshire is an amazing place for a walk. We round up a few of our favourites

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

We round up some of the best events and things to do across Hampshire this month

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

If there’s one thing we love to do here at Hampshire Life, it’s to celebrate local produce! So here are a selection of some of the best farm shops across the county where you’ll find just that

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

With a vibrant local community, this is a shining example of a true Hampshire village

Read more
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Coeliac disease affects 1 in 100 people, and many more are seeing the health benefits after waving goodbye to gluten. Here are just a few of the county’s cafes, pubs and producers who are embracing the gluten free way

Read more
Monday, August 20, 2018

Looking for some peace and tranquility this summer? Lose yourself in one of these wonderful gardens

Read more
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The castles and forts around the county make for a fascinating ghost hunt by night, and a fun family trip by day

Read more
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

When Southsea’s South Parade Pier closed in 2012, derelict and a shadow of its former glory days, who’d have thought that six years on it would be Pier of the Year

Read more
 
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Latest Competitions & Offers

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad

Local Business Directory



Property Search