Blue Ranchu Designs is owned and run by me, Laura. I’m an Artist and Designer based near Glasgow in Scotland.
Blue Ranchu began in 2015, after I left my career in Arts Administration to retrain as a Graphic Designer. Having spent many enjoyable and rewarding years working in the Arts, I really wanted to work for myself. I’ve always been a creative person and enjoy drawing and crafting, so it seemed obvious that I should combine my love of all these things and start my own business! Blue Ranchu Designs is the home of colourful, fun and beautiful home accessories, stationery and screen printing.
My designs are my own original sketches and drawings. I love drawing animals and nature and using bold colours to bring my characters to life! I transfer my sketches to my computer and finish the images digitally.
I work exclusively with Scottish and UK companies to have my final designs printed onto my home accessories and stationery range.
I hand screen print all of my t-shirts and tote bags myself in my home studio and use only 100% solvent free and eco-friendly inks.
Screen printing is a brilliant way to print designs onto fabric – the vivid colours and inks stay put on the garment, wash after wash and won’t peel or crack like some other printing methods.
One of the questions I get asked most often is ‘what the heck is a blue ranchu?’.
Well, a ranchu is a type of fancy goldfish originating from Japan. They don’t have a dorsal fin, so some folk think they look a bit weird! The ranchu is my favourite type of fancy goldfish and my inspiration for my company name comes from one particular pet ranchu.