Today we share with you all the work of Interior Textiles (first class) graduate; Mel Smith. I have been a follower of her work for a while now and can’t wait for you all to see her magnificent designs.
I studied at University of Wolverhampton and graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Design for Interior Textiles – the perfect course as I love all things home-y…wallpapers, tabletop products, kitchen textiles… One of the designs from my final project was selected by John Lewis and sold as a limited edition rug. I went on to work at HotchPotch Studios, a greetings card company specialising in a contemporary card design. Now based in South West London I am currently working as a freelance designer producing collections to be taken to international shows such as Surtex, Indigo, Heimtex and Printsource.
My designs are bold and I tend to take a rather graphic approach to surface pattern design. I do hand draw all my designs though as I like them to have the little quirks left in – odd bumps or lines here and there – to make them feel a bit more ‘real’, not quite so flat as drawing with software can sometimes do…I like things neat but not too neat! After scanning the drawings in I work them into patterns on Photoshop. I LOVE playing with colour combinations and palettes, and often have so many versions of the same designs struggle to pick just one final one!
I have just finished reading Jessica Swifts e-book ‘Jump, Trust, Repeat‘ – an amazing story, so inspiring! Linda Ketelhut and Valentina Ramos are 2 recently discovered new favourites of mine – they have a great sense of style. And then there’s some more well known names – Marimekko, Orla Kiely, Lucienne Day, and Angie Lewin. Colour is usually the first thing that grabs my attention and all of these designers have amazing palettes throughout their designs.
Having just completed Rachael Taylor (also a big influence) and Beth Nicholls’ e-course ‘The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design‘ I am ready to take the giant leap and get my Mel Smith Designs out there! A selection of my designs were published in the first ‘Print & Pattern’ book, and I will also be featured in the upcoming ‘Patternbase’ book, due out in January 2013. I have recently produced a licensed range of wall murals for Wallpapered.com based around the Olympics and Jubilee, both HUGE events in the UK this year.
I am currently working on a new range for them including designs from my ‘Paisleyscope’ collection…very excited! I am also hoping to release a line of wallpapers soon, and would love to produce designs for a kitchen textiles range – aprons, tea towels, oven mitts etc. I am looking for commissioned and/or licensed work so please feel free to get in touch if you like what you see.