About Me

Hello and thank you very much for visiting my website.

Fiona Bradshaw Designs is a small, individually run business born from a passion for designing and making unique furniture and lighting.  The aim of my work is to provide sustainable, original and high quality items that are full of character and invention. The collection has developed over the last few years using a diverse range of objects and materials that I reclaim and repurpose. Anything that catches my eye and inspires me. Usually the objects I find are vintage, I love the nostalgia that this evokes. I love the process of rummaging for and rejuvenating old objects. I try to make items that retain their history, and then to refine them, and juxtapose them to create quirky, curious and unique pieces. The items are made with care and craftsmanship and an enthusiasm for innovative ideas.

I love working in this way as each piece evolves with its own unique charm, warmth and versatility. Anything from an old vintage board game pawn, to a keel off a sailing boat. Objects that retain their character, narrative and function. I love combining these different elements together, breathing new life into discarded or forgotten items. Giving them, and you, a product that harnesses all that is fun, quirky and unique about reclaimed objects. I think working in this way produces exciting and unexpected outcomes.

I trained as a sculptor at The Royal College of Art and have been a practising artist and maker for twenty years. I think this background and experience informs my current work, enabling me to construct quality items as well as them being imaginative, playful and unique.

Please note; all the lamps I make are PAT tested and approved by an electrician and are designed and made to the highest quality.

I am also a freelance illustrator. My speciality is working with researchers on aspects of climate change. Namely adaptation and resilience options. I have recently worked with the Overseas Development Institute on their PRISE and BRACED projects. Producing a large amount of value chain illustrations. These include Kenya beef vc’s, Senegal beef and dairy, and Burkina Faso & Pakistan cotton vc’s. They have proved to be a very beneficial addition to research reports. Adding a human element to the research. Below is an example of one of my drawings.

Here are some links to the illustration projects I have been working on:

Value Chain Analysis for Resilience in Drylands. VC Arid Synthesis Report

Climate Resilient Planning Kit

Enhancing climate change development programmes in Uganda

Kenya ending drought emergencies policy review

Clean energy solutions in dairy value

If you are interested in working with me on any future projects, please do get in touch.

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my diverse range of products, and thank you for your interest.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at fcarabine@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

Many thanks, Fiona Bradshaw.