My name is Margot Billiet, and I am the founder of Atelier Billiet. Born in the early seventies I grew up in a wallpapered room with a ‘contemporary’ Toile de
I got totally lost in the design: fascinated and trying to understand how the repeat worked! So since a very young age I was already quite aware of the prints and repeats that surrounded me.
My love for textiles I got from both my fathers and mothers side. My great-grandfather was a ‘home-weaver’ and my father is a technical engineer.
My mother has a great eye for quality and learned to sew the traditional way. I remember the soft noise of the scissors cutting fabric and the comforting smell of a hot iron when she was working on new clothes for us.
At the age of 16, I went off and trained as a textile designer for jacquard woven fabrics, followed by a master degree in applied graphic arts. In 1995 I started my own studio.
It was the time internet arrived on our doorstep, when we evaluated the cost of a mobile phone and a GPS and we witnessed the arrival of digital printing.
For nearly 30 years I have been designing in co-creation with several manufacturers and famous brands all over the world, expanding my skills from surface pattern design, over colour research, product development
and inventing production techniques.
I enjoy the challenges of these collaborations
and the people I get to work with.
Working from my studio in the medieval city of Bruges my focus is on pattern, material, colour and texture. My aim is to arrive at a product of high quality using both traditional and innovative crafts.
So you’ll find me most of the time in my atelier busy drawing and painting patterns. Silk screen printing, stamping, coating, sublimation, gilding, pleating,…
but also plotting or digital printing are part of my oeuvre…
If I am not in the studio I’m off finding stuff, meeting suppliers and manufacturers, learning a new skill or visiting craftsman or -woman, as I love setting up collaborations. Since 2022 I’m the proud owner of the Handmade in Brugge label.