Turning your design flair into a business: Meet former student, Abigail Borg

Abigail Borg

Abigail Borg is an illustrator and surface pattern designer with her own range of wallpapers and interior products that are sold worldwide, as well as working as a freelance illustrator for clients including Crabtree & Evelyn, Laura Ashley and Johnson & Johnson.

“The start up programme at the University of Birmingham really helped, meeting like-minded people in Birmingham.”

“…the contact time with mentors and the availability of grant money to invest in some much needed equipment. I was encouraged to get my own studio space and gained greater confidence with accounting and other business skills. Now I have my own studio I can work with Universities and take students on work placements to help grow the business and give them the opportunity to work and gain experience.”

Main activities

  • Won ‘Best Pattern Design 2010’ by Elle Decoration at The British Design Awards
  • Received four new illustrative commissions from clients
  • Renting out own studio space
  • Set up business bank account through a bank rep I met at a networking event
  • Invested in new computer/printing equipment

The future

Hope to exhibit at a show during this year’s London Design Festival, expand my portfolio and product range, work with new clients.


‘Birmingham-based illustrator and surface designer Abigail has cleverly married old and new, bringing together hand-drawn design and digital printing to create her brilliantly botanical cotton fabric.’

Elle Decoration Magazine (On winning at The British Design Awards)


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