Thinking about starting your own creative business, or already well on the way and looking for advice to get you to the next level?
Donna will be joined by Noodoll creator Yiying Wang, and together they’ll talk about how they built their own businesses, and all the problems and pitfalls they overcame along the way – and how they manage to juggle work and family life.
If you’d like to ask anything in particular, email your questions to [email protected] ahead of the event – or ask away on the day!
Yiying Wang is the creator of contemporary character-led design brand Noodoll. Established in 2009, Noodoll began as an illustrated book featuring a cast of monsters who were made from rice and noodles. They now make a host of products featuring their happy Ricemonsters including plush toys, stationery and accessories. At the heart of Noodoll’s design ethos is playfulness, uniqueness and quality! Their toys bridge the gap between collectable design items and children’s plush toys, and with this they make great design accessible to everyone, with their products fitting seamlessly into the modern home.
Donna Wilson is celebrating fifteen years of designing, manufacturing and distributing her curious creatures, luxurious lambswool cushions, knitwear and home accessories from her East London studio. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and has been exhibited at Somerset House, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The British Embassy. Collaborating with the likes of John Lewis and Mamas and Papa’s, in 2010 Donna was awarded the coveted accolade of Designer of the Year at Elle Decoration’s British Design Awards. Drawing much of her inspiration from her childhood growing up on a farm in Aberdeenshire, her love of the countryside has influenced her to use texture and organic forms in her work. As a forerunner of the contemporary craft movement, Donna has always remained true to her principles, using traditional techniques and UK-based suppliers wherever possible, helping to support Britain’s dwindling manufacturing trades.
This event is part of Donna Wilson’s 15th year celebration at London Design Festival. For more information visit: https://www.donnawilson.com/15th-birthday-pop-up-ldf