How and why did the collaboration with Kelling Designs come about and how did the concept come together?
Kelling Designs got in touch with me after finding me on social media and asked if we could discuss working together, I was so flattered! I was familiar with the company and Emma’s sense of style and design, and pretty excited at the thought of working together. I went to meet them at their showroom on Langton Street to show them my fabrics, talk through my design process and how important the sustainability factor was to me, which is one of the reasons they said they were drawn to my work. Emma and the team choose a few designs, with a few exclusively for them to use, and then they turned them into wonderful homeware items.
What has inspired the works in the collaboration?
It came together quite organically really, some designs I already had and then others were in the design process. Emma has such a great eye for colour - she suggested different colours and scales for the patterns and the designs married together perfectly. The acid green colourway for Bark wasn’t something I wouldn’t have chosen but it works so well and I love it! So fresh and zingy and gorgeously complimented by the rusty orange velvet that she choose. It’s so beneficial to have fresh eyes and great feedback on your work.
How long does each piece of work take?
Repeating patterns is something I have been doing since my early teens. I taught myself after studying William Morris for hours and hours. There is never a defined point where the design is finished but at some point you have to call it. Bark took four years from sketchbook to final design as it just was not flowing properly. I have to keep coming back to it, again with fresh eyes! Waves took a day. All the others sit in between them, taking days or months to decide upon.