Cattle farmer and textile designer Izzi Rainey, 25, grew up on Bates Moor Farm on the outskirts of Foulsham, near Fakenham in Norfolk, where her father Graham has bred cattle since 1989. At the age of six, she won the young handler’s championships at the Suffolk Show. She and her sisters, Olivia, 24, and Cecily, 20, have been breeding, halter training and showing their prize-winning cattle ever since.
The Telegraph writes:
“For Rainey, rather unusually, farming has always gone hand in hand with creativity and design; the geometric, abstract textiles and wall hangings of her final year at the Glasgow School of Art were inspired by the shapes and textures of farm machinery. Interiors, rather than fashion, was always her calling.
It seemed a natural step for her to set up her own homeware business back at the farm, and from her Janome sewing machine in The Old Dairy at Bates Moor, she has been hand designing bold, contemporary, farm-inspired prints ever since. “I still wanted to be part of it,” she explains. “We were scaling down and reducing numbers, and now my dad loves to joke about the farm getting bigger again. I think he likes to see his hard work bear fruit.”