A peek into a surface pattern artists life.
Tell us a bit about yourself: Did you go to school for art? Are you self taught?
I attended Edinburgh College of Art from 1994-97, where I studied Interior Design plus Stain Glass. Since then, I have worked as an Interior Designer in London and Sydney. As a designer, I have always had a keen interest in the relationship of form and colour within an environment. I have recently graduated from the 'The Art and Business of Surface Pattern' E-course, following completion, I am now focusing on a career in SPD.
What inspires you / where do you get inspiration from?
Oh, I can get inspiration from anywhere, there is always something to catch my eye! I love to potter around the city, walking through the streets and parks. Your visual senses are overloaded with inspiration; from a shadow created by a building, a coffee cup or the delicate pink petals of the cherry blossom trees.
Do you work in just one medium? Several?
I take many (many) photos on my iPhone which I use for reference, for forms and colours, when sitting down with my sketchbook. Once I am happy with the sketches I have, I transfer them onto the computer and set out the motifs, playing with scale and layout, to create a colourful pattern. I also love screen printing and the results you can achieve with the ink prints on paper and fabrics.
What are you working on now?I am currently designing a new collection, based around photos and objects I have found on beaches here in the UK. I am having fun sketching and experimenting with mark makings. I am also contacting companies with my new portfolio for possible work collaborations.
Are you an early riser? or night owl?
I love to get up early and wonder off for a walk on the way to one of my coffee shops. This really sets me up for the day and gets the creative juices (and the all important ‘to-do-lists’) going for the day ahead.
What is your favorite food?
My favourite food, home and especially in it's native environment, is Japanese. While travelling around Japan, I found so many lovely little Inns that offer fresh and tasty food; and they make it look so stylish as well!
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