GEMMA Davison has designs on attracting the attention of some big High Street names when she shows off her wares at a major trade show in London this weekend.
The 31-year-old mum of two set up her own textile design business Anna and Joe Design earlier this year and has already produced work for clothes store chain New Look.
This weekend she will hope to win over new potential big customers when she exhibits at the Pulse design fair at London’s Olympia venue.
Gemma, of the Headland, received a £750 Access to Markets grant from Hartlepool Borough Council towards her trade show costs.
She said: “All the new, emerging and established designers in the design trade exhibit at the fair and a lot of top buyers from stores like Top Shop and New Look will be attending to buy new products.”
Gemma will be exhibiting a new collection of silk scarves she has designed along with wallpaper patterns, lampshades and cushions she has created.
She set up the business earlier this year after graduating from Cleveland College of Art and Design, where she earned a degree in textile design.
Gemma named it after her two children, Ann, 11, and son Joe, who is five, and at the moment she is a one-woman business.
But she added: “I would like to take on staff and for my products to get stocked in High Street retailers and design for Top Shop.”
Gemma was previously commissioned to design T-shirts and swimwear for New Look, which has more than 500 UK stores.