What I do
Hello. I’m Alaina Dunne and I am a fabric designer and product maker, working from home in Farsley, Leeds with my Labradoodle Albert.
I graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2004 with a BA in Fine Art. My Grandma gave me some money when I graduated, which I spent on my first sewing machine. I taught myself to sew and quickly became addicted to creating something completely new from a bundle of fabric.
I have been itching to launch a creative business for a long time, and really, I started Baere in my mind years ago! In reality, the timing this year was perfect and so with amazing support from my husb, my family and friends, I took the plunge in January 2016 and here I am.
This website is my gallery, shop and creative outlet so please do have a look around. I’ll be regularly updating my blog – which you can view here – with insights into what inspires me to create. Expect some pattern, craft and interior design ramblings.
Thank you for stopping by, please do get in touch through Pinterest (@Alainabaere), Instagram (@baereaccessories), or Facebook (Baere).
To find out more about what on earth I’m doing here, please read my first blog post – Starting a creative business.
Where I live
I live and work in a village called Farsley which is just to the west of Leeds, West Yorkshire. It’s really well positioned for Leeds, Bradford and North Yorkshire. I love being so close to both cities and the countryside.
Farsley, along with many of the surrounding areas, was a thriving textiles village. Sunny Bank Mills which is located on Town Street, only stopped producing cloth in the early 2000s. It is now a creative business centre, gallery, shop and exhibition space which I can’t seem to stay away from. It’s amazing to have such an inspirational creative space in the village – I would thoroughly recommend a visit.