Carola Van Dyke
Carola van Dyke is a Dutch/British designer who follows the principles of Dutch design but with a healthy pinch of British quirkiness, experimentalism and humour. Combining things that usually don’t combine at all, Dutch designers are good at using materials that look initially unpromising but in combination give new meaning. Having lived in the UK for over 20 years, Carola has managed to keep these Dutch design values intact but has used them to craft a very British product. With a background in illustration, fashion design and painting, she now combines various textiles to create fabulously realised cushions that are unique, intricate and with a sense of humour. The process of drawing with fabric and scissors has evolved to the point that Carola now mixes her hand-cut pieces as deftly as a painter using a palette. Carola works from her studio at the foot of the South Downs.