Tilayo is travelling design studio that collaborates with artisans across the globe to make beautifully crafted fashion and home accessories. Each product tells a story and is a result of relationships fostered with skilled craftsmen. Creative community is further made through a variety of design workshops, offered to all ages.
About the founder
With the belief that creative expression is limitless, Titilayo Abiola’s work is multi-disciplinary. Her practice ranges from intricate embroideries to furniture design.
Story telling is at the heart of Abiola’s work, whether it is a jewellery collection born from living in The Philippines or championing her Nigerian heritage. Travel and cultural exchange continually mould Titilayo’s craft and she is unrelenting in adding to her skillset.
Specialising in stitch during her undergraduate studies at Chelsea college of art and design, Titilayo evolved her exploration of surface and textiles during her Master’s degree at Central saint martins. Having trained extensively in the fashion and textile industry, it was her experience at Alexander McQueen, that was pivotal and further reinforced her design dexterity. Time at Polimoda in Florence had equal impact, imparting her with fashion design and illustration skills. Rounding off her training, in Interior architecture at Parsons in New York.
Titilayo’s work explores contemporary translations of traditional crafts and is characterised by her strong sense of colour and pattern.
Abiola remains investigative about how design can allow us to interact more positively with the world and each other. Her work has featured on platforms and exhibitions nationally and internationally, notably on CNN vision and at the Wallace collection, London.