Teacher retires to run business

Caroline Davidson has retired from Thurston Community College after 23 years and is now launching her own textile business.
Caroline Davidson has retired from Thurston Community College after 23 years and is now launching her own textile business.
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A TEACHER who helped build up a college’s fashion and textiles department has taken early retirement to run her own business.

Caroline Davidson, 55, has left Thurston Community College after 23 years to fulfil a long held ambition of running a trade in printed textiles.

The business, Fruit Farm Fabrics, launches in September and all designs from the first collection have been based on photos and drawings from the gardens and surrounding fields at her home, which is an old fruit farm in Beyton.

The designs are printed as a limited edition and are available in any colour combination.

Mrs Davidson will produce a range of printed wallpapers, handmade lampshades, cushions and vintage furniture re-upholstered in her fabrics.

She also runs fabric printing courses in her home studio. The former head of art and textiles at Thurston said: “I loved my time at the college but wanted to start the business.

“I believe nowadays people are fed up with seeing the same mass-produced fabrics and would prefer to buy something specially designed for them.” Email carolinedavidson@fruitfarmfabrics.co.uk