Ever wanted to know more about the talent behind our prints? Come sit down with us as we chat with the artists, and learn more about them and their day-to-day life.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m an artist and pattern designer from the UK. I grew up in London but I’m now based on the South coast where I get to enjoy the beach and nearby New Forest. I worked in IT for over 10 years but I’ve always loved art and crafting so I finally decided to go full time as an artist and designer in 2012. I have two young sons and their dad and I love to all draw together as a family.
How long have you been creating your art?
I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember but I only discovered pattern design in 2012. I have always loved watercolour and then later in life found a love for printmaking (linocut in particular). When my oldest son was born I started to get into digital illustration and pattern as an easier option to fit around nap times! I still love painting and printmaking but pattern design is a joy. There is no greater thrill than seeing my designs being made into beautiful clothes and furnishings.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I have always loved dinosaurs and studied evolution for a while at University, so they often feature in my patterns. I tend to be drawn to create designs with animals, I love a good subject with strong colours and a bit of character!
What's the most exciting thing you've seen your art on?
When I was teaching printmaking in a hotel near Bournemouth beach the owner had the brilliant idea of creating some huge prints of some of the artist/teacher’s work to line the external walls of their cafe garden. My ‘Tiger tea time’ linocut was reproduced at about 6ft square and could be seen when walking through Bournemouth Lower gardens to the pier. It looked amazing! Apart from that it’s always a thrill to see my designs used as wallpaper, curtains and bedding in someone’s room transformation. And I love to see all of the beautiful clothes that brilliant sewists create.
What is your favourite art style at the moment?
I love to create quirky patterns with flat colourful shapes. I’m also working on introducing a little bit of texture to these whilst maintaining the clean lines and bold colours.
When you're not creating, what do you get up to?
Many of my hobbies are also creative - costume making, quilting, collage, mixed media etc. Apart from those I love walking, reading, films, playing football, board games, puzzles and quizzes!
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