Textile Designer

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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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…

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