Notes from the Designer
I describe myself as a quintessentially English interior fabric designer with a love of all things floral. Working from my Dorset studio I produce hand painted patterns which are converted for the home furnishing market.
My career began in the early 80’s designing for Axminster Carpets in their studio. This was before many companies had CAD and all the patterns I produced were hand painted. I am proud that one of my designs gained a national award and is still available in today’s ranges.
Since those early days, I have specialised in surface pattern, gaining extensive experience designing for companies in the UK and overseas. It seemed a natural progression that I would one day design my own collection of fabrics.
My work is inspired by the natural world; flowers, leaves, fruit and insects. My garden is a great source of creativity, full of life and always changing.
The fabrics are all based on my original paintings and floral studies. The creative process starts with gathering ideas and sketching. Once the idea germinates, detailed drawings are placed into a repeat pattern which is copied onto tracing paper. This process enables me to adjust the repeat to an exact match. I really enjoy the mathematical process of pattern making; it can be quite a puzzle! The final design is traced back onto paper ready for finishing, usually with water based paints or ink. Finally the painting will be tweaked on the computer to make sure the repeat is perfect. At this stage I will adjust the colours and play with different colour combinations – hours of fun! When I’m happy with the colours, the designs are prepared for printing onto our luscious linens.
Our base cloths have been carefully sourced in Scotland before being printed in England using the latest digital methods; the final part of the process before being made into gorgeous things for the home.
I love what I do and I hope you enjoy looking at my work and feel inspired.