Designer Insights with Terry's Fabrics August 01, 2015 18:00

Thanks so much to the brilliant Terry's Fabrics for featuring me on their website. It was a really enjoyable interview  with some great questions that made me think about my own design process!

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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?

I grew up in a small village in Norfolk, so the beauty of the Norfolk countryside has always inspired my work. Having never studied in illustration, my style has developed through discovery.

2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?

The process always begins with my sketchbook and a fineliner pen. I run my own gallery and shop, which is inspiring but can also be a distraction! I have to run away and find somewhere quiet.

3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?

I arrange a lot of exhibitions here in Norwich, meaning incredible creative people constantly surround me. Starting out as a screen-printer, I worked alongside the fantastic Print to the People collective. They work tirelessly to promote screen-printing and general creative practice in Norwich and the surrounding area. Their print studio offers an affordable opportunity for people of all ages.

4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?

The library has always been a great source of inspiration. Looking around the internet you can get sidetracked by news or social media, it feels incredibly noisy and distracting. The library feels like a relaxing environment.

5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?

Like a lot of creative people I spent a good few years working as a waitress or a shop assistant, having to try and be creative in the time between working and sleeping. The Assembly House kindly gave me the opportunity to run my own gallery and I haven’t looked back since. The best advice I can give is, always make sure that you’re doing something creative, join a life drawing class or do an evening course. It’s so easy to get caught up in work.

Head over to the Terry's Fabrics website and take a look at their brilliant designs.