THE DESIGN PROCESS
Inspiration & Painting
I gather inspiration wherever I go, whether it is close to home or on my travels, I love nothing better than to wander the streets and observe everything.
Where possible, I will collect fallen leaves or petals that might be worth drying/pressing. Sometimes, if permitted, I take a small cutting.
Taking detailed photographs is so crucial if there is no time to stop and draw/paint as it captures the true colour and shape of the subject.
Colour and Fabric
My drawings/paintings are then scanned, moved around digitally, put into repeat patterns and then sent off to my printers for sampling to double check the colours. Coming up with a successful repeat pattern can take me anything from 2 hours to 2 years. Sometimes I have to leave it and keep coming back to it with fresh eyes and imagination.
Using environmentally friendly materials is so important as the fabric industry is responsible for far too much wastage, pollution and damage to our planet.
I want my fabrics to be part of the solution rather than add to the problem. This is why I choose to use sustainably sourced, natural materials and water based inks.
The Final Product
Once the sampling has been done and colour checked, I get several metres of each fabric printed to be made into scrumptious cushions and cut into swatches to send to all my stockists and interior designers.
Seeing my designs become part of your homes and spaces in the form of headboards, curtains, lampshades, cushions and upholstered onto furniture is truly the biggest privilege. I love nothing better than seeing my patterns used in a gorgeous interior design schemes or just hearing that someone has saved up for one cushion because they loved it so much.