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Shell collecting and stationery

If, like us, you’re more than a little obsessed with all things paper then you’re in for a treat. Today we’re stepping into the wonderful world of designer, Tamsin Richardson. After travelling the world, Tamsin designed wall art and homeware accessories for major high street brands before establishing her own graphic design business. Bonnie Day Studio was born after she fell in love with designing contemporary wedding stationery and her bold, bright designs always make us smile. We caught up with Tamsin to find out what makes her tick…

How did you become a stationery designer?

Stationery design is something I sort of fell into really… I studied Visual Communications at The Glasgow School of Art, specialising in Graphic Design. After graduating, I worked for a couple of well known design agencies in Glasgow, until 2008 when my (now) husband and I decided travel the world for a year.

On our return to Glasgow I was offered a job designing wall art and homeware accessories for companies like NEXT, Primark and Habitat, but by 2011 we had itchy feet again and decided to make the move to Fremantle in Western Australia. We ended up living out there for 5 years, during which time we got engaged, married and had our first child – it was a busy time!

I was running my own graphic design business out there, but I also got a lot of enquiries from couples looking for contemporary wedding stationery and, after designing our own wedding stationery, I decided to concentrate wedding and event stationery design as a business, and I am so glad that I did as I absolutely love what I do!

Who/what inspires you?

Being a print designer, I have always had a love of beautiful typography and love to collect both vintage and modern posters and books. I also love pattern and find inspiration in nature, we live in the country and it is definitely my happy place! Fashion, textiles and of course, travel are also incredible sources of inspiration for me.

And what do you love most about your work?

I always found it quite hard being a creative person and working for somebody else, running my own business gives me so much more creative freedom and, although the hours can be long and it’s a juggling act having two very young children, I genuinely love what I do so it doesn’t really feel like work most of the time!

I also love meeting new couples and hearing all about their wedding plans and having the opportunity to play a part in their big day is a real privilege.

What has been the highlight so far?

Bonnie Day Studio is still a relatively new business, having being set up since we moved back from Australia last year, so highlights so far have to be recieving my first orders for the customisable stationery and commissions for bespoke designs, which I absolutely love doing. Hopefully there are many more highlights to come as the business grows.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

I would love to have a studio with a shop front, selling beautiful papers and paper goods. I also have a real passion for styling and would love to be able to expand Bonnie Day Studio into this area as well.

Tell us something you’d rather nobody knew (any embarrassing crushes?)…

I really can’t think of anything, apart for my love of Rod Stewart, which I’m not remotely embarrassed about!

On a day off, we’ll find you where?

All of my free time is usually spent with my husband and two beautiful wee girls. Going for walks in the countryside, playing pooh sticks or looking for shells down at the beach. We are loving being back in Scotland and spending time with our families too, something we never take for granted anymore!

I love the way travel inspires Tamsin’s designs! Anyone else dreaming of launching a design business? Christina x

Photos courtesy of Bonnie Day Studio