“As a recent Printed Textiles graduate from Loughborough University I am excited to begin my career in the textile industry. My studies have helped me to develop a portfolio that showcases observational and initial drawings through to design development and printed final outcomes for both fashion and interior applications. Loughborough has amazing facilities and I have developed with the process of traditional silk screen printing throughout my time there. My interest in celebrating British design and manufacture has grown over the past few years and this is something I’d love to continue with throughout my career. I also place importance on design that is playful and fun, as I think that the environment that surrounds us can affect our mood and well-being. I believe that art and design is a way of embellishing the world, and I always hope to make people smile with my work.”
“Eclectic Still Life has inspired my latest collection of interior textiles, and I have explored a variety of imagery such as florals, ceramics, taxidermy and general ephemera. Looking back to the still life paintings of Matisse and Picasso I took inspiration from juxtapositions of imagery exploring typical still life elements such as shells and fossils alongside architectural details and unexpected objects. This juxtaposition of imagery created a really fun narrative, along with compositions that were full of rich colour, differing scales, blocked areas of small patterns and geometric shapes.
After generating a body of development work I have translated my designs across a range of surfaces and products using a mix of new age and traditional printing methods; wallpapers began as paintings which I’ve worked into repeat on Photoshop and had digitally printed, multi layered designs for cushion and curtains have been silk screen printed in registration onto linens, screen printed imagery has been collaged and moulded onto retro plywood stacking chairs using decoupage.”
“My Eclectic Still Life collection has received a great reaction during our final degree show at Loughborough, with the chairs being a big hit! I have been selected to exhibit the collection at this years New Designer’s from the 26th-29th June and I am very grateful and excited about the opportunity to showcase my work and talk all things art and design with many creative professionals. I envisage myself working in a busy studio environment with a creative team but I am also passionate about pushing the decoupage work I have been doing over the last year and it would be a dream to be a part time designer/maker.”