The Journey - Motivated by Colour
Niki graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1987 with a Master of Arts degree and went on to work in the design industry specifying contemporary furniture, lighting and artworks for public and private projects around Scotland.
She became increasingly interested in the use of colour as a powerful design tool and created a new interiors colour palette for a paint company's interiors range. This was awarded a Living etc Loves logo in 2010. She also writes about colour theory and has spoken about colour harmony at Grand Designs Live at London’s ExCeL.
While working in colour design, she visited Bute Fabrics, a highly respected textile mill on the Scottish island of Bute. Seeing the quality and skills the British textiles mills could offer, she moved into textiles.
It was at this point, Niki met Solii Brodie, owner of BeFabBeCreative, a fabric printing company, based in Edinburgh. She actively encouraged her to print her surface patterns onto local linens and silks. She introduced Niki to Kalopsia Collective, a micro manufacturing facility also in Edinburgh which helped prototype the necktie collection giving the confidence to then have the prints manufactured by one of Britain's oldest tie makers.
From early in the project, Gordon Miller of Scot Street Style, was enthusiastic and launched the ties in Brooklyn, New York City in 2015. By this time, the ties were being stocked in several British independent stores and galleries. She was then introduced to Creative Edinburgh an organisation that helps creatives collaborate and connect - another pivotal moment in the growth of the business. She was also encouraged by Craft Scotland to expand into trade shows and advised by Cultural Enterprises Office into developing the project further. Then Scotland Redesigned, an international platform for Scottish Fashion invited Niki to exhibit with them which has helped reach a larger audience.
The first trade show she took part in was Top Drawer , January 2017, where Charlotte Abrahams invited her to exhibit in the Spotted section. A great experience which brought Niki face to face with top buyers.
Niki is extremely grateful to the many people and organisations who have helped the brand grow.
The company name, unifiedspace Ltd, is used for interiors projects and her own name, niki fulton, for the range of neckware.
Craft Scotland wrote, 'her designs have a feeling of rhythm and movement through careful placement and interaction of her chosen colour palette. She is inspired by her experiences of urban and rural landscape and also from arts and poetry'