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Interview : Textile Designer Helen Baker

Helen Baker Home Blue cushion & lampshade designs

When I first found out I was pregnant back in 2013, I couldn’t wait to decorate our baby’s new bedroom. However, I needed to go gender neutral as my husband and I didn’t want to find out what gender our baby was until arrival day. I was almost certain we were having a boy but we decided a gender neutral theme would be the sensible option. (Good job too as we had a girl!) Coming up with a gender neutral design wasn’t as easy as I had initially thought. We ended up going for green and incorporated a woodland animal theme which is really lovely. You can read about our nursery project here.

It’s not all that easy to find gender neutral products for use in a children’s room that look nice, can grow with them and are great quality. This was a problem that textile designer Helen Baker also had. But rather than compromise she decided to fill this gap in the market by designing her own collection of fabrics, cushions and lampshades. The Cornish-inspired collection is right up my street, being from the neighbouring county myself. I love the graphic elements and if I were to redecorate our girls’ room I would definitely consider incorporating Helen’s designs. But for now, let’s find out a little bit more about Helen and her designs.

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Interview: Surface Pattern Designer & Illustrator Sian Elin

Chevron Mosaic Wallpaper by Sian Elin

At Tent London this year, one of my favourite stands was, without doubt, that of Sian Elin, a surface pattern designer from Wales who sells her own range of textiles and wallpapers. Sian also works as a freelance illustrator and specialises in hand-drawn illustration as featured on her own range of greeting cards. Her bold, colourful designs are a joy to behold and it’s no wonder that she has received widespread press coverage since the launch of her new range at Tent. I wanted to get the inside story from Sian herself and luckily she kindly agreed to answer my questions.

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Abigail Brown: Creature Textile Designer Extraordinaire

Golden Oriole by Abigail Brown

Golden Oriole

Last week I came across the beautiful work of Abigail Brown who used textiles to create the most stunning little creatures using fabric. Her work is all hand made and Abigail sews everything by hand in her studio. Each piece is exquisitely crafted with great love and attention to detail. Abigail spent a large amount of time as a child in the company of her grandma, an incredibly talented, hardworking seamstress, in a house strewn with loose threads and scraps of fabric.Now, she works with fabric to give life to the little creatures that so lovingly creates. Being an avid collector of fabrics, Abigail’s creations can be made from just about anything from her old pyjamas to someone’s curtains from the 1970’s or her friend’s old skirt. Read More…

‘Sketchbook’ wallpaper and fabrics from Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton 1929 Wallpaper and fabric

Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer Cecil Beaton was renowned for dressing the stars of the stage and screen with originality and flair. Now, his signature style can be brought into our homes, thanks to Cecil Beaton Fabrics, allowing us to clad our walls with his timeless creations.

The ‘Sketchbook’ collection of fabrics and wallpapers is largely inspired by Beaton’s fashion sketches from his 1954 book The Glass of Fashion, made available through the National Portrait Gallery, London. The ‘Original’ collection features brush drawn florals on silk, linen, cotton and wide-width wallpaper. Both these collections bring a touch of fine art and couture fashion into the home.

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