Caroline Pratt is a printmaker and surface pattern designer based in lovely Leeds. Caroline describes the inspiration behind her work as 'inspired by everything from English eccentricities to 1950’s textiles and contemporary illustration'.
Caroline's extensive experience of print mediums alongside collage, drawing and digital manipulation makes for a very versatile portfolio of work. Above are just a few examples of my faves but do check out Caroline's website and blog for more beautiful prints and patterns.
Caroline was very kind to tell us a little more about her work.
What three to five words would you use to describe your work?
Clean and unfussy with fun colours and cute illustrations (ok, so a few more than 5!)
What inspires you?
I take constant inspiration from everywhere; I collect books, magazine cuttings and packaging that inspire me, be it styles or colour palettes so I have lots of boxes and bookshelves full of beautiful images if I'm every experiencing a creative drought! Nature has always been a strong point of reference in my work, especially wildlife as I’m a complete animal lover so trips to the great outdoors always gets my brain in a bit of a spin. Friends, music and my love of junk shop rummaging always provide a good idea or two as well.
When/how did you know you wanted a career in art?
I have always had a passion for all sorts of beautifully printed and designed images from ceramics, to gift wrap, to illustrations and so by the time I graduated from University I was hooked on producing my own printed goods, the more processes I learnt the more I loved it and I knew from then that if I could make money from it too I’d be a very happy girl!
Design books/blogs you can’t live without
Gosh, there are so many; my bookshelf heaves, at the minute I keep flicking through Mike Perry’s Books ‘Over & Over’ and ‘Hand Job’, both of them are simply lovely.
I have lots of daily blog reads; Julia Pott and Amy Blackwell are two of my favourite illustrators so I like to keep up to date with what they’re up to. Print & Pattern and Design Sponge are great for a general overview on what’s going on in the world and keep me up to date with trends and the like.
Keep refining my style, producing loads of new work and getting it ‘out there’. I’ve got a few exhibitions in the pipeline and, with a bit of luck, am hoping to do some more freelance projects this year too.
What mediums do you work with?
Printmaking is my first love, screen print or lino mainly, I can get rather giddy over a pile of nice paper and some pots of ink. A very close second, and usually the starting point for my prints, is the humble fine liner and a sketchbook, I can keep myself amused for hours!
P.S check out Caroline's shop on Etsy