Freelance Illustrator & Pattern Designer Ruth Emma Fox

Ruth Emma Fox studied in London and graduated in 2014 with a First Class Honours degree in Illustration and Visual Communication.

© Ruth Emma Fox Deckchair Printed cotton canvas copy

‘The final year was the most integral part of my time at university, I refined my technique and was fortunate to have tuition from a practicing illustrator. He was able to give guidance from an industry perspective and taught me to work confidently. I now work as a freelance illustrator and pattern designer, using traditional drawing practices. I have a love for the decorative arts and often develop my drawings through digital work and screen print to create pattern and surface design, combining traditional with contemporary.’

© Ruth Emma Fox Fork Design Cushion copy

‘An interest in drawing from themes of craftsmanship was first inspired when inheriting two complete engineering toolboxes from my grandfather during my final year. When drawing the contents I tried to create a sensitive representation of their considered design and the specialist knowledge required to use them. I began to transform the drawings into a collection of textile patterns through screen print and digital work. During my final semester I applied the designs to a number of products, turning my hand to upholstery, sewing and even woodwork.’

© Ruth Emma Fox Drawings of Tools

‘Just after I graduated I was fortunate to be called for a placement with Tiger Print London, designing giftware for Marks and Spencer, after a studio manager noticed my work at our degree show. I also had industry interest after my work was exhibited at D&AD New Blood in Spitalfields. Since then I have produced a project for the London Cloth Company that is currently ongoing and I have also been fortunate to have orders for greeting cards from a number of high profile purchasers.

Personal work includes studies from my father’s collections of mechanical clocks, phones and tools and my practice continues to develop and evolve as I create from the objects and people I am surrounded by.’

© Ruth Emma Fox London Cloth Co and Card design

© Ruth Emma Fox London Cloth Company Scissors

© Ruth Emma Fox plyer and drill bit pattern fade

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