Surface pattern, drawing and nature...
I am an independent pattern designer, artist and lover of beautiful interiors. I've enjoyed being a contemporary artist and college teacher for many years and now, after nurturing my family and building my teaching career; I have begun a fabulous journey to becoming a designer of wallpapers and textiles.
I embarked upon my wallpaper adventure in January 2012 after an inspirational trip to New York at Christmas with my young son and lovely other half (think fairy lights, ice-skating to Bing and Bowie in Central Park, family art classes in Brooklyn, the Guggenheim, bookshops, walks in the park, indulgent lunches and a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Day). Love it or hate it, NYC wakes you up, makes you giddy, and can be thrilling, exciting, dramatic and plain awe-inspiring. I came back raring to go! It's been an eventful time since then - undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Surface Pattern and Textiles (with Distinction), and going into production with my first wallpaper designs in the summer 2013.
The city may have awoken me but it is all of nature and the countryside around where I live in West Yorkshire that most of my work is based upon. All of my designs begin life as detailed ink drawings of natural forms, usually from photographs I have taken myself, and I am a stickler for quality, accuracy and craftsmanship. It’s about combining natural beauty and cutting edge style. The wallpapers have been manufactured in the UK and printed by a major wallpaper company.
The Here and Now!
I’m starting out with two wallpapers, Coriolacae and Champignon to begin with, and plan to follow with more colour-ways soon. I have many more designs in the pipeline too, and am working with fabrics, lampshades and cushions. I launched my wallpapers at the Independent Interiors Trade Fair on 28 September 2013 in the Northern Quarter in Manchester, England. It was a nervous step into the unknown! You can watch my progress and follow my journey more closely on my blog.