Ootrey stationery combines great designs with beautiful materials and print finishes. Their products are made in collaboration with some of the most promising up-and-coming artists, as well as established designers and illustrators. Here we find out about the work of Leeds Arts University graduate and Ootrey designer Xanthe Bonsall.
"I was really lucky to have the opportunity to go back to college as a mature student... I completed a degree in Textile Design at Leeds Arts University and it’s the best thing I've ever done. I started my business during the second year of my degree and graduated earlier this year in the midst of a global pandemic, which was interesting to say the least.
It still amazes me every time I make a sale, or get sent a photo of my work on the wall of somebody's home... It all began when I started putting things up on Instagram to keep a visual diary of my progress throughout my degree. I gained a few followers and people asked if they could buy my work, which was such a surprise to me.
My designs are enjoyed by people who love colour, pattern and are a bit nostalgic for the 80's and 90's… I've just completed some design work for an independent cycling brand based in Leeds called Paria, which I'm really excited about. We have winter mens and women's jerseys being released soon, and some more cool stuff hopefully coming out next year. One day, I'd love to do a huge mural somewhere - but I can't paint to save my life.
My limited-edition design for Ootrey is for shape and sweet lovers alike… I really like shapes and exploring how they interact with each other, so I just started building up a load of them and ended up with a nice pile of liquorice allsorts."