I studied at Cleveland College of Art and Design and have a 1st class honours in Textiles and Surface Design. The main influences on my work are patterns found in science, nature, the built environment and my love of colour. Inspired by many design eras one mainstay is the 1950’s and the Festival of Britain in 1951. The pure optimism of the time meant that textile design exploded and designers were not afraid to experiment with colour and design inspiration. All of my designs have a sense of optimism and colour-ways are designed to uplift.
Whilst at Cleveland I took advantage of many opportunities and participated in competitions and tradefairs. In 2010 I sold a design for a garment to Desigual a Spanish fashion company. In 2011 I had my final year project on display at the student showcase New Designers. Also in 2011 I won 1st prize for the rug design competition set by GoodWeave, and the winning rug ” Clematis” was exhibited at Decorex International (see image below) September 25th-28th. It was chosen by Celia Birtwell the well known fashion designer, who alongside Ossie Clark created bright bold patterns and garments in 1960’s. It was a great pleasure to meet her at Decorex at the prize giving.
I’m working as a freelance designer and accepting commissions as Ballistic Owl for pattern designs.