…and welcome! I hope you enjoy looking around. I’m Gillian, a Scottish textile designer and graduate of Glasgow School of Art with a passion for illustration, print and all things Scottish. From humble beginnings drawing and screen-printing at my kitchen table, things at Gillian Kyle have gone from strength to strength and we now sell globally, shipping all over the world.
These days the Gillian Kyle brand stands for unique, modern Scottish design, and we produce an ever increasing range of Scottish gifts and things for your home. Our goal is to be an internationally known and loved Scottish brand recognised for the individuality of our designs and the quality of our products; celebrating all that’s great about our wonderful culture and heritage (with a wee dash of humour, of course).
I’m a magpie and a maximalist. I love old books and magazines, vintage postcards and packaging, typography and signwriting. There’s a special quality about design and illustration from the pre-computer age which I find very beautiful and inspiring. Everything I do starts life as a hand-drawing in pen and ink, which is my favourite part of the design process.
Most of my collections pay homage to the iconic brands, wildlife and objects of Scotland; Tunnock’s Teacakes, Irn-Bru, Highland cows, porridge, bagpipes, castles, thistles (the list goes on). I love to create unique and fun images and designs and always look for an interesting or humorous angle on the subject matter. I adore messing around with scale and placement, and using lots of lovely colour makes me feel very happy indeed.