Gill Thorpe’s role as Head Designer at FLOOR_STORY, ranges from working alongside residential and commercial interior designers on bespoke projects to designing her own collections with FLOOR_STORY. Gill also works with designers and artists helping to develop their ideas into the collaboration collections that FLOOR_STORY produces, applying her technical experience with rug making and colour combinations to transform their designs into rugs.
Gill is an Irish textile and surface designer and has been working in the rug industry since 2017. After studying Visual Communications in Dublin and by then with a strong interest in the tactile qualities of design, Gill interned at the National Print Museum in from 2012-2014, before beginning a Textile and Surface Design BA at Dublin’s National College of Art and Design. Gill then moved to London in 2016 to pursue print and embroidery internships with womenswear brands Danielle Romeril and Steven Tai, joining the team at FLOOR_STORY in 2019.
Gill Thorpe continues to develop personal work focused predominantly on colour exploration, texture and geometrics. Gill’s influences come from photography, history, fashion, textures and pattern; Her first collection for FLOOR_STORY which launched in 2021, is inspired by the natural patterns, line formations, textures and earth-tones found in agricultural settings.