Davinder Madaher (Textile Designer), Clarissa Hulse (Textile Designer), Rosie Moorman (Textile Designer), Clare Gillan (Design Manager, Matalan)

Thursday 30 June, 15:00 - 15:45

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Join Davinder Madaher’s round table discussion with industry speakers from a breadth of sectors talking about next steps for design graduates embarking on their career, what design graduates need to do with their portfolio, what are the main worries, concerns and challenges, post pandemic; What additional skill sets are needed to make it as a designer or embark on a design career today.


Davinder Madaher, Textile Designer

Davinder Madaher is a Freelance Textile designer and Consultant. With over 25 years’ experience in designing prints for both Fashion and Homeware, Davinder started his career in New York working for various print studios with his designs sold to top US brands such as The Gap, Liz Clairbourne and Victoria’s Secret to name a few.
On his return to the UK Davinder has worked and sold his designs to some of the major UK retailers including Marks & Spencers, Next, Shopdirect, Tesco and was a senior designer at Sainsburys designing prints for both Womenswear and Homeware.

His work has also been featured in various magazines including Marie Claire, Grazia, Look magazine, Living Etc, House & Garden, House Beautiful, Style at Home, Country Homes & Interiors. Davinder has also been a guest on BBC Asian Network and featured in the Book ‘Printed Textiles’ by Amanda Briggs Goode as well as various bloggers’ websites.

Davinder continues to consult with various brands as well as being a popular speaker at universities.

Davinder is passionate about education and is often invited to speak at various universities across the country and abroad and has been a Judge and Speaker at Graduate Fashion Week and  a regular speaker at New Designers, as well as a Key speaker in Paris at Premier Vision Show.

Clarissa Hulse, Textile Designer

My father was a British diplomat and my mother was Greek, so I had a nomadic childhood moving from place to place. We lived in Thailand, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Greece just to name but a few countries. My Mother would rise to the challenge of making our rented houses feel homely by using fabrics from local markets to make cushions and filling the rooms with plants, so this definitely developed my love of interiors! 

In the 90’s I studied textiles at Brighton Art College and moved up to London to start my business making hand-printed scarves. These were exhausting but happy days – I hand printed & dyed every scarf myself, and was lucky enough to sell them to Liberty’s in London, Barney’s and Neiman Marcus in New York.
In the early 2000’s, I started designing homewares and 20 years later am still creating colourful, botanically inspired designs. I have won awards for wallpaper and fabric designs and created lots of beautiful commissions for people around the world.

Absolutely all my designs are original (never from archive) and are inspired from plants that I have gathered from the English countryside or even botanical research trips to Cost Rica or South Africa. Whether I’m scouring the countryside for beautiful seedheads, hand printing designs in the studio or packing up orders with the team – I am lucky to be able to do a job that I am so passionate about. I hope to bring some of my deep love of the beauty in nature into your homes.

Rosie Moorman, Textile Designer

Rosie is an award winning Textile Design Consultant and Colourist, specialising in woven and embroidered textiles for the Interiors market. Working from her studio in Harrogate, she creates bespoke collections for a range of international clients, as well as a sale-by-design collection which has sold to names such as Designers Guild, Oliver Bonas, Kit&Ace. She has exhibited collections in London, Paris, Shanghai, and Colombo. Her recent work for British textile editor James Hare has been featured in Elle Decoration, World of Interiors, House & Garden, and English Home to name a few.

Alongside her work as a Textile Consultant, Rosie runs a successful social media presence, @rosieandthefarm, with a focus on a holistic approach to interior design and home renovation. As a Content Creator within the interiors industry, she has produced work for a range of household names, including Little Greene, Dowsing & Reynolds, Drench, and BCdesigns.

Clare Gillan, Design Manager (Matalan)

Clare has 20 years design experience and has worked with and for a number of big retailers, designing & developing homeware ranges from trend and concept through to production and marketing. 

Clare is currently Design Manager for Home at Matalan where she and her team research and create seasonal themes and colour palettes and work along side the buying teams to develop products across Home Textiles, Kitchen & Dining and Living Accessories.  Print and surface pattern is created in-house and final products are developed with manufacturers around the world.