CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Dorset Magazine today CLICK HERE

Ailsa Wilson’s maritime designs

PUBLISHED: 15:34 07 June 2016


Ailsa Wilson creates beautiful maritime designs in a former beach hut, says Carol Burns

Like many people lucky enough to make the move to Dorset - Ailsa Wilson has used that life change to follow a more creative path than her previous career in the brand and communication design industry. Ailsa moved to Poole for her husband’s job at the RNLI and then they started a family - at this point she decided to rekindle a long held dream to return to her first love; colour, pattern and textile printing - and so Tiny Bird Textiles was born.

“With a long held vision and passion to start my own textile design business, I seized my opportunity,” she tells me. “I acquired a retired 1950s beach hut. I converted it into a studio (it broke my heart but I had to take the bar out). I built a print table and, with sketchbook in one hand and business plan in the other, I started the work of breathing life into Tiny Bird Textiles.”

Ailsa says she love retro, vintage, quirky, midcentury modern and Scandinavian style, but her real inspiration comes from the natural world and the patterns it creates. “I love finding inspiration in unexpected places. Turning an easily overlooked detail of ordinary daily life into a beautiful pattern. There has to be a quality about them that does more than just catch my eye; intriguing, textural, mysterious, colourful, hinting at a story beneath.”

All of Ailsa’s designs are original and naturally inspired; the elements distilled to create strong, bold and simple lines. Some, she admits, have originated from doodles during meetings with accountants, while others come from trees, leaves, vegetables and small children with hole-punches and scissors. They are all joyously colourful, vibrant and graphic and demonstrate that embracing colour (even just a little) can be life enhancing.

“The Stripes & Sails design was inspired by an afternoon spent watching yachts and dinghies fly around in Poole harbour on a very windy day,” she recalls. “The water was packed and it was almost impossible to keep track of all the sails and boats zig-zagging and tacking around the harbour without collision.”

Find more of her designs at


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dorset visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dorset staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dorset account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Homes & Gardens

Yesterday, 10:53

When Charles Merrett set about renovating his listed Arts & Crafts house he decided to find out about the man who had built it

Read more
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

As we head into Autumn, the change in season is all around us. From the leaves on the trees turning burnt orange and fiery red, to dark mornings and nights bookending our days. As we put the clocks back an hour to battle the darkness, here’s some top tips on how you can keep your home warm and costs down this Autumn.

Read more
Friday, August 31, 2018

Rural energy provider, Calor, gives some top tips for homeowners wanting to make their houses cosy and warm in time for the colder months.

Read more
Sunday, July 1, 2018

Residential property company heylo recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging its commitment to fair treatment and support to the Armed Forces community, including regulars, reserves, veterans and their families. The signing took place in a ceremony held at Wellington Barracks

Read more
Friday, May 4, 2018

A house on Dorset’s most famous street has become available and this is how much it costs to buy

Read more
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Add colour to your garden now with the top flowers of March and this season will be all the brighter

Read more
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Houseplants are a hot interior trend at the moment and can completely transform a room - but they have their downsides! Gardener and broadcaster Toby Buckland delivers his expert advice

Read more
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Would you decorate your home with human bones and old medical instruments? Plenty do, according to one Dorset couple, which piqued Faith Eckersall’s morbid curiosity

Read more
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search