Based In Edinburgh, Gill Norval has been working freelance and designing and hand making purses and handbags since completing her BA (hons) degree in Printed Textiles for Fashion at the University of Brighton.
She decided to start her own surface pattern design and craft business. Dibujo Design was established in 2012. Dibujo, pronounced di-bu-ch-o (the ch is like the Scottish pronunciation of loch) is the Spanish word for to draw and pattern. She decided on this as it is exactly what she does and she is inspired by Spanish tiles.
She uses her designs on ceramics and fabrics to create a home and gift range including ceramic coasters, placemats and clocks, fabric lampshades and cushions. Colour plays a significant roll in Gill's work, where she uses bold vibrant colours. She is influenced by Scotland as well as travels from all over the world. Her work has been described as Scottish modern retro.
.In 2016 Gill set up a shop and studio space called The Creative Showroom on Leith Walk in Edinburgh. Here she sells her own work along with work of other local and UK based makers. Gill has a studio space here to work from and there there is studio space for another 9 creatives.