Annabel Perrin is a surface pattern designer, specialising in bespoke print designs for home textiles and accessories. She gained her First Class Honours degree in Textiles and Masters in Design from the Manchester School of Art in 2012. She was given the support and encouragement to then develop her own brand and product collection, which was launched in February 2013.
“My surface pattern designs are digitally printed onto 100% heavy weight cotton in the UK. This printed fabric is sold by the metre or used to create home accessories, including cushions and limited edition, re-upholstered chairs. As my fabrics are printed in short run supply, my customers are guaranteed a unique product for their home. I regularly visit antique centres and second hand shops to search for vintage chairs or chairs full of character, to up-cycle. These are added to my collection as and when I find them.
Iconic landmarks in Great Britain inspired my most recent collection. Buildings, maps and destinations interest me. Not only do I respond to the aesthetic appearance of architecture, but also the heritage and memories that are so often associated with it. My enthusiasm for mid century design, geometrics and vintage products also influence my design process. When designing, I usually begin by drawing my subject matter by hand before transferring the image to digital media to create repeat patterns. In doing so, the quirks and spontaneous imperfections from my illustrations transfer through to the design, adding to the originality and charm of the piece. A bold colour palette is essential too!”
“As part of my practice I also work on large and small-scale public commissions throughout the country. I recently collaborated with Broadbent Studio and Torfaen Council on their ‘Pontypool Patterns’ project. I created a series of community inspired surface pattern designs for spherical sculptures, which were installed in Pontypool’s town centre last month. My business is still in its infancy but I am excited about what’s to come and the opportunities ahead. I am now designing and researching new product ideas for my subsequent collection, which I hope to launch this autumn.”