Here at Gallop Lifestyle we are always on the look out for new creative businesses to profile. Today we talk to Maddy Duggan, the owner and designer of newly launched textile brand Billy Heckenberg.
GL: Can you tell me a little about your background and why you decided to start your own business?
Maddy: I have always been creative and grew up in an artistic household on Sydneys' northern beaches. An obsession with art, design and photography through out my life led me to complete a degree of Fine Arts at UNSW College of Fine Arts. From that point on you could be sure to find me sitting at a sewing machine or with a paint brush in hand, a constant quest for creative fulfilment. So naturally the next step was to put my business hat on and build a brand, at which point Billy Heckenberg was born.
GL: What is the ethos behind Billy Heckenberg?
Maddy: Billy Heckenberg is a direct reflection of my creative side, a little over the top, a slight nod to the classics and a constant strive for perfect imperfection. Unafraid to mix prints and textures, building up layers and finding the right balance plays a huge part in the creative process.
GL: Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Maddy: A constant source of inspiration would have to be my obsession with New York City. Such a complex and contrasting environment, it truly does have it all. An architectural and industrial landscape that surrounds one of the worlds most beautiful parks is one of the many reasons I love this city so much.
When designing my pieces I like to take something quite classic or traditional and mix this with something unexpected such as a metallic zipper down the middle, or using textas and not filling in all the gaps. Seeing beauty in life's imperfections is an ongoing source of inspiration for me.
GL: What trends do you see coming through in soft furnishings?
Maddy: The main trend I see coming through is a desire to find truly unique, one of a kind and limited edition pieces to bring a point of difference to people's homes. Styling has never been so important and I think people love to play the role of stylist, not just consumer, when it comes to their own homes. The great thing about design at the moment is that you can mix so many trends, create layers and achieve an incredible living space no matter what you have to work with.
GL: What would you like to achieve with your business over the next 12 months?
Maddy: Over the next 12 months I would love to see the business expand into custom pieces for individual clients. I have alway wanted to reupholster and up-cycle furniture, the very idea of creating something new from something old has been a dream of mine for quite some time.
Having a huge passion and love of leather, I also hope to release a small range of leather accessories within the year.
For more, visit the Billy Heckenberg online store here.