Always on the look out for new and inspiring makers, we recently came across designer & illustrator Karen Perry at this years New Designers in London. Having achieved a first class (Hons) degree in Design & Applied Arts, Karen was quickly recognised by Texprint as one of their Top 50 designers for 2011. When I caught up with her I was keen to hear a little bit about the inspiration behind her work and where she sees herself in 10 years time.
How did you get into designing textiles, was it always the plan?
No, it wasn’t, but I knew I wanted to be within the creative world. Art and design is something that has always been a part of me and developing designs for a variety of surfaces grew into a passion of mine whilst completing my degree in Design & Applied Arts (Textile Design).
I am very fortunate to have been surrounded by creative people all of my life and take great inspiration from my family and their artistic and musical skills; I was always drawn to put pencil to paper and illustrate the world around me and now I am able to translate that work into textile and surface pattern designs.
Tell me about the inspiration for one or two of your collections
‘The Heritage Collection’ took inspiration from my family coupled with Mother Nature to create a wallpaper range that encapsulates childhood memories of influential family members. The flora themed collection represents my own contemporary interpretation of a traditional subject matter.
Calling upon the colour palette and flavour of the 1950s ‘Bella Vista’ is a series of surface pattern designs that have been printed onto pure silk scarves and used to illustrate an exquisite Travel Journal. Linking to the typography trend each scarf has its own name printed within the design, adding a playful touch to the range. The vintage vacation meets the modern delights of 2011!
What have you been working on recently?
I have recently been working with Letterpress Design to produce a gorgeous range of letterpress Christmas cards that have been designed by me and beautifully letter press printed.
I am hoping to upload them onto my newly created Folksy shop, which I am looking forward to stocking with silk scarves, cushions, giclee prints of my design work and much more!
I am also proud to be part of ‘New Visuality’, a national exhibition by online gallery According to McGee showcasing their top 23 most collectable young artists of the year.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I really hope to be working within my own established studio, producing wonderful designs and freelance projects for the fashion and interiors market as well as creating private commissions and beautiful products for sale.
Thanks to Karen for taking the time out to speak to me at Frankly. I’ll keep readers posted on the launch of her Folksy shop!