A graduate of Leeds College of Art in 2012 with a 2:1 in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design, Rebecca Miller has since showcased her work internationally.
‘The course really centred on giving us a good skill set in which to take into industry, and we had ample opportunities to show our work, including internationally at the Indigo and Premier Vision trade shows in Paris, as well as New Designers in London. After graduating I spent some time finding my feet and spent three months in New York working for Tom Cody Design. The experience was invaluable, and I really got a feel for the industry. I was also able to pick up some great CAD tips and also worked in some areas that I haven’t in a long time such as sewing and customisation.
On returning to the UK I decided that I really wanted to set up on my own, so my business Becca M Designs was born. I love designing using the natural world and take inspiration from all manner of different sources. I love the Art Nouveau period, Gaudi architecture, and the work of such artists and designers as William Morris, Tord Boontje, and Timorous Beasties.’
‘I love designing for interiors, with wallpaper a firm favourite of mine. My on-going project at the moment is Animal Heads. This is a range of surface designs for wallpaper and interiors using detailed coloured pencil drawings of animals heads incorporated with flowers and foliage. This theme came from a much older project of mine, where I was interested in the idea of found objects tangled up with nature. The idea of inanimate but often treasured lost items, becoming entwined within the natural world. I work in a variety of different mediums, but I always like to have strong original drawings as the basis of my designs. I am about to start working on a combination of artist books and customised notebooks, making unique one off pieces with my original drawings.’