Sue Hardie is a UK based textile designer, well known in the interior textiles and wallpaper industry with over 30 years experience on decorative fabric, wallpaper and product collections.
With an innate love of colour and pattern and an impressive textile awareness, Sue, being in demand for other projects, expanded her career into her own business as a designer and consultant.
She has now been running her own company for several years and enjoys creating designs of all types for her clients, whether corporate or private. She can provide a full or partial service from initial concepts, through to finished artwork, into production and final market.
Sue enjoys working and collaborating with innovative printers, weaving mills, embroidery manufacturers, and product factories across the world. Her continued interest in surface pattern design leads to a diverse selection of projects alongside other wallpaper and textile projects.
Her experience provides an enviable knowledge of, and address book of, wide ranging contacts within the industry, many with diverse specialties of design and production techniques. She knows who to use for the best production on any project in hand.
Applying her considerable knowledge of design, colour and diverse manufacturing processes in all product areas, she derives great satisfaction in overseeing and developing designs through from artwork to finished product and launch.
Her designs have a variety of influences and have been used by interior designers in many fashionable public and private interiors. Recent projects include work for Little Greene, Paper & Paint Library, British Airways, and many other manufacturers.
Sue gained a Textile Design BA Honours at the highly regarded Loughborough College of Art and Design. At her degree show she was spotted by Antony Little, Design Director of Osborne & Little, an internationally renowned fabric and wallpaper design company. Initially recruited as a Designer & Colourist, Sue went on to establish and develop their Weave Department, instigated embroidery product for the brand, was also responsible for their wallpaper collections, subsequently becoming Head of Design.
Amongst many highlights at Osborne & Little, Sue received the Homes & Gardens Design Award for Best Contemporary Fabric Design for the innovative Pullman circular velvet.
Living in London, Sue continues to explore her life long interest in design and art, frequently making use of the opportunities to visit the many wonderful museums and galleries such as the Victoria & Albert, the Tate’s, the Royal Academy of Arts, the National Gallery and the British Museum.
A regular visitor to trade fairs in the UK and Europe, she is constantly looking at design, pattern, colour and trends in different avenues.
Her interests include visiting stately homes and historic houses and gardens for inspiration. Walks in local parks, out in the countryside and with friends in Devon, Cornwall and across the UK provide design and colour inspiration. As a keen amateur photographer and gardener she gleans forms from nature for a spectrum of patterns, designs and paintings.