Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Refresh & New Website!

Hello! Things have been a little quite around here recently as I've been working on my launch collection and updating my website with a new and fresh design.

Along with the new design, I also decided to move my blog into my website so everything is in one place. Pop over to see my fresh site and keep up-to-date with my new blog here.

See you there!

gillian xx

Thursday, 19 December 2013

ABSPD & Beyond

Recently, I have completed the The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design e-course (ABSPD). It's been really exciting answering all the creative exercises, establishing my personal design style to developing my own personal business packaging and branding.

Ever since I was very young, I have always known that I wanted to be a designer and own my own design studio. It's in my blood to draw and design! So when I came across the ABSPD e-course, I knew this would be an incredible course! On looking back at where I was at the start of Module 1 to having just completed Module 3, this course has proved to be so much more valuable than I ever expected and has really helped strengthen my confidence in my personal style!

The last week of Module 3 was particularly interesting and incredibly valuable getting to learn about the workings of the business side of owning and running our own design studio/business from Rachael Taylor. A working designer who creates beautiful, colourful designs full of fun and energy!

Since officially finishing week 5 of Module 3 I have began to plan out the next few years for Gillian Lees Booteek! I'm so excited to get started on developing my portfolio and see where my business takes me, and my family!

I have designed a beautiful black and white scarf with my Modern Classics design digitally printed onto soft, warm silk jersey in in Scotland. You can buy them through my etsy shop or email 

The following designs were created while studying ABSPD;

N.B. All images are © copyright Gillian Lees 2013, please do not use without prior permission.

Hope you like this little peek at some of my designs! Now to get started on building my portfolio

gillian xx

Friday, 22 November 2013

GLBooteek Bouquets Exclusively Available to N. Ireland!

Afternoon everyone! I am really excited to announce that GLBooteek handmade bouquets are available in N. Ireland, exclusively to the brand new White Confetti Bridal Boutique, opening in Harryville November 23rd!

Here is a peek at what's available;

Have a great weekend!!

Gillian xx

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Chosen Chelsea

I will be at this boutique wedding fair  :: Chosen :: in Chelsea Old Town Hall this Sunday.

Come and see my range of quirky fabric/alternative bouquets and buttonholes along with a small range of favours and gift ideas.

All of our pieces are fully customisable to your wedding!

Here is a peek at what can be seen this weekend;

Look forward to seeing you there!

gillian xx

Monday, 26 August 2013


These past few weeks have been varied and exciting! It was our second anniversary at the end of July and we went down to the south coast of England for the day, it was so nice relaxing on the beautiful pebble beach!

The beginning of August saw my next meeting with my business mentor at the Prince's Trust and from this I will be doing a fun craft fair in September at Tooting Tram and Social Club, London and in October I will have a table at my first wedding fair - Chosen Boutique Wedding Fair. I am designing some quirky and unique buttonholes, bouquets, and gift/favours. Are you looking for something unique and quirky for your wedding?? Visit my NEW website here for some examples and come and say Hi at the Chosen Boutique Wedding Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London, SW3 5EE.

Sneak preview of a new range, come and see it in full 27th October, 'Like' my facebook page for more details.

What style would you like for your wedding?

I am also looking into offering a beautiful box frame for you and your bridesmaids to keep your bouquets in after the wedding. What do you think, would you like to have this option if you would prefer to have a alternative/fabric bouquet for your wedding? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Have a lovely bank holiday! 

Thursday, 25 July 2013

My business website has just gone LIVE!!! :D

I am currently on the Enterprise Programme with the Prince's Trust to launch my accessories and surface pattern design studio. As part of launching my business I have designed and launched my business website today. Visit it here;

My accessory collections include the Summer Fruits collection - beautiful braided, stitched and quilted headbands and pins for kids.

There is also a special Weddings collection! This developed from my own wedding. Fabric/alternative bouquets can be ordered for the bride and her girls - designed to compliment your wedding dress, your wedding theme or colours. Buttonholes for the groom and his men can also be designed to incorporate your theme or colours - or something different and quirky if you prefer!

A homewares collection in cushions to coasters, placemats and mugs in my own designs is also available for purchase through

In January I enrolled onto the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (ABSPD) the e-course featuring Rachael Taylor and in June I completed Module 1. Ever since I can remember I have always had a love for drawing and bold vibrant colour.  I studied Art and Design up to Foundation level and went on to study my degree in Textile Crafts at the University of Huddersfield. Through studying the ABSPD course I hope to license my designs for stationery, fabric or products.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search Competition

I have submitted my design for the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. We had to design a journal as if Paperchase were our client and we were given the theme of 'Playground' and immediately I thought of all the funs things I enjoyed playing in my childhood such as hopscotch, swings and slide! I really like Paperchase and the use of bold and vibrant colours in their products. It was really exciting getting to work on my first professional surface design brief. I have seen so many amazing designs and it is wonderful how everyone interprets the same theme so differently! The judges are really going to have a difficult job ahead of them to choose the top 50.

This is my interpretation of the 'Playground' theme: