Hi, my name is Olamide Olayinka, which hints at where the name of my business OlaOla comes from. From a young age I knew I wanted to work in the Design Industry, and was hugely inspired by my Mother, who was a tailor. I was pretty much immersed, at a young age, around the most fabulous materials and embellishments. Which is probably why I ended up being a Textile Designer.
I eventually went on to study Textile Design at Central Saint Martin after realising how much more I prefer to draw and create patterns. Patterns which could eventually be used for anything, rather than following my original pursuit of being a fashion designer. After studying I went to Paris and worked in a Textiles Archive, where I got the perfect insight into the Textiles that have been and the ones yet to come.
On my site you will find projects and original patterns by myself. I am influenced mainly by organic patterns in nature and and the everyday man made patterns in our environments that we often overlook. I am also a fan of colour and how colours can interact.
I am happy to start sharing my patterns with you in my recent product launch of bags and accessories, which mix ‘The Pretty’ with ‘The Practical’.
Check out my interview on EMBELLISHED TALK, where I speak about my journey into textiles, fabric and what i’ve been doing whilst in Paris.
Check out my artist dialogue with LOOKING GLASS COLLECTIVE, where I speak about how my identity influences my designs.