You have a very unique way of working using paper, leather silk and embroidery to create stunning original collages. How has you technique evolved over the years?
I began by work mainly with vintage wallpapers to create one off artworks and patterns. Over the years I have continued to use machine embroidery to bring different materials together such as silks, leather and felt. Recently I have started working with screen printing and painting within my designs. I love combining different layers of materials and textures in my work.
Your range includes fashion print, ceramics, wallpaper and interiors. What is your first love?
I started out working in ceramics and combining this medium with textiles, but I remember the first day I started playing with embroidery and collage and it felt really natural to me so I think this process was my first love.
What and who inspires you?
I look at the natural world around me for inspiration, but also looking at how ornamentation and pattern is used historically in our homes is key to my ideas.I am inspired by artists and designers across different mediums. I look to fashion and fine art quite a lot as a source of colour inspiration, Christopher Kane and artist Tahnee Lonsdale have a great use of colour in there work which I am drawn to. The wallpaper artist Tracy Kendall is a big inspiration to me too, she is always pushing boundaries with what wallpaper can be.
It normally starts with hand drawn sketching and putting a mood board together of colours and materials, I then hand cut the pieces and start to put my designs together, finally I freehand machine embroider the design together.
Working with wild and Gorgeous is different as I am working on a smaller scale than i usually do, I also have in mind that it is a children brand so I try to make my work fun and enchanting for younger audience, usually my clients are adults so its nice to work more playfully.
Have you ever used your fantastic sewing skills to make clothes?
I cannot sew in a straight line, so I have found making clothes is not my forte, I am much better and being free with the sewing machine and creating artworks and pattern!
What would be your dream job?
I love working in collaboration and seeing my designs turned into different mediums, I would love to design a collection of rugs with the Rug Company
If you were to choose one item of clothing for the Wild & Gorgeous Spring Summer 2017 collection, what would it be and why?
I have a 2 year old son, and i would love to see him in the love red and white striped shirt. The cut is really cute, I like the vintage circus theme and I am a big fan or stripes!
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