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THE MASTER OF PATTERNS TELLS HER INSPIRING STORY

MY JOURNEY By Shirley Copperwhite

I was brought up in the heart of the countryside in Southern Ireland. My dad was an artist and he designed our family home in Limerick where we had a magical garden complete with orchards and a kitchen garden. My dad had his studio in our home as did my mother also an artist, so it was a given that creativity was a priority in our house. From a young age, I spent many hours drawing and creating. I was also very much inspired by my eccentric grandmother who had a flamboyant sense of style and a large collection of jewellery and ceramics. I grew up in Limerick city in the eighties when we were in the grasp of a bad recession.It was a grey and a rather dull place to live at the time. Today it is a very different place. Art was my escape, a world where things were a lot more colorful. School for me was quite a bland and mundane affair with some very austere nuns at the helm. I loved art and design so when I escaped the shackles of secondary school I studied Graphic Design at The Limerick School of Art and Design. College summers were spent in London doing whatever creative jobs I could find. It was an exciting time where inspiration was everywhere! When I graduated I worked for many years in Dublin as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator. I designed corporate identities, packaging, and brochures for a variety of high profile clients. I always had a niggle in the back of my mind that this was not really the path I wanted to keep on traveling, so I made the big decision to change direction once I saw an opportunity. A visit to Liberty's in London and a whole day spent at the V&A museum had inspired me and had sewn the seed. I started to make patterns for textiles, homewares and fashion accessories which I found I really loved! It's easy to work hard at something when your heart is really in it. I had my own vision for what I wanted to do so I started Shirley Copperwhite Designs in 2013. I am very glad I took the leap of faith.

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Self Starter Magazine April 2018  

Welcome to our new, free Irish business magazine, aimed at both budding and seasoned entrepreneurs.

Self Starter Magazine April 2018  

Welcome to our new, free Irish business magazine, aimed at both budding and seasoned entrepreneurs.

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