About me

Hello, my name is Alaina Dunne and I am a surface pattern designer and childrens clothing maker.  I design patterns to be printed onto organic cotton fabrics here in the UK.  All of my designs are inspired by my beautiful children who make me explore nature, play imaginary games and bring home every stick and rock they find.  Our house is full of conkers, shells, and all sorts of other outdoor treasure but I quickly learned to draw the line at snails.  

I learned to sew on a sewing machine that my Grandma gave me the money for when I graduated with a Fine Art degree over 20 years ago. I am passionate about creating quality, playful organic clothing which lasts and can be passed on.  Show me a parent who doesn’t love receiving beautiful handmedowns. 

I also love making fun, engaging projects in my local community.  I’m part of a team of volunteers who curate a free family festival every year in our village, and another community group bringing art and creativity to the streets. 

My Studio

I work from a studio space in the Twisting Gallery Studios, at Sunnybank Mills in Farsley, which is a bustling village to the west of Leeds with an amazing textile history.

I’m really lucky to share the studios with lots of super creative people who all bounce ideas off each other, and make great cups of tea.  It’s such a creative environment and we are all very supportive of each others work.  It’s my happy place.

You can visit me and my pals in the studios! Follow @twistingstudios on instagram to find out when we’re open, or drop me an email at [email protected]


Years of Baere


children later


stitches sewn


Happy babies dressed