This was a bit exciting seeing myself in the paper! I felt a little bit famous!
I had mini interview with the Evening Times asking a few questions about Amy McGregor. If you miss the article it is still on Evening Times online or you can read it below:
Who are you?
My name is Amy Price and my business is called Amy McGregor.
What does your business do?
Amy McGregor is a unique luxury handmade label for you and your home. The label includes a range of scarves, cushions, lampshades and prints in frames. My designs are mixed with hand screen /digital printed in my own studio. I have a passion for creating unique texture, floral and geometric designs and I ensure all my materials are from the UK. Each design is original and handmade and finished to a high quality standard.
Where are you based?
I have two studios at the moment one is where I live which is just outside Glasgow called Bridge of Weir and I have another one in Glasgow at Clyde college (Cardonald campus) due to being involved with DEG (Digital Enterprise Glasgow) There is a great support network and good access to facilities at the college. This also allows me to keep my costs down.
How did you get started?
I first started in my bedroom shortly after I graduated, it was a tight squeeze so I then moved into my parents garage, which I then built a mini Screen printing studio. The garage had everything I needed such as a screen printed table, wash base, screens, pigments etc. It was the perfect set up!
What is your background
I did a HND textiles for fashion at Cardonald college then went to Heriot Watt University and graduated with a first honours degree in design for textiles. I also won the Dr Oliver medal and The Worshipful Company of Dyers of the City of London during my 4th year of my degree. Over the last four years I have had experience at Timorous beasties, Gillian Kyle, workshop in Bangladeshand Keelergordan which help me gain more skills in the textiles industry.
What is your top tip?
How long has your business been running?
Amy McGregor has being running for 9 months but it feels like it was only yesterday I choose the name for the business, time flies!
Has anyone helped you get started and how?
My family have been very supportive especially my sister shes has been my little helper many times. The DEG (Digital Enterprise Glasgow) Hub at Cardonald and Pacific Quay have been very helpful with giving me advise on finance, sales, retail, media etc everything you need to know about business. They also provide workshops and mentors which is very beneficial. As well as providing a workspace for free which is a huge help when studios can be expensive.
I also got funding from Art trust of Scotland which helped me pay equipment and materials to start me off.
What was your biggest mistake/or what would you do differently?
Everyone makes mistakes when you start a business it is impossible not too! You definitely learn from the mistakes and build from them. I don’t think I would do anything differently but what I did learn is not to rush or expect everything will happen overnight. It can take days, weeks, even months before you have a solid design or find the research you have been looking for.
Who was/is your mentor/or inspiration?
I don’t have an inspiration/mentor but I do believe if you don’t believe in yourself you won’t get anywhere
Where do you plan your business to be in five years time?
I hope to walk pass down the high street and see my products in the window display.