Rosie was the winner of our recent competition for Christmas surface pattern & icon design with the allover print featuring lots of cute gingerbread men and other baking objects.
"I love baking myself, and thought it would be nice to have a fun Christmas design which features lots of little gingerbread shapes and cakes etc. I tried to incorporate lots of different elements to make it more interesting. I thought the colour palette would work well for my idea too".
Name: Rosie Maddocks
Blog link: http://rosiemaddocks.blogspot.com/
Website link: just working on getting a website at the moment
University: Manchester Metropolitan University
Course: BA (hons) Textiles
Current Occupation: Freelance textiles/ surface pattern designer
What three to five words would you use to describe your work?
fun, quirky, naive
What are the inspirations/ influences for your design work?
Everything inspires me, I live in quite a rural spot, so I love the changing seasons. I love to draw trees, flowers and birds. I love looking round shops, reading magazines and books for children, these things help me a lot in designing for Children.
What was your first job and how did you know you wanted to work in design?
My first real design job was for a company called Mafatlal designing fashion prints.
I have always loved drawing, and my aunt is a textile designer, I used to look at her work and think 'I want to do that!'
Which design blogs, books or designers etc can you not live without?
I look at the Print Pattern blog a lot. I love the work of Jill Macdonald and Amy Schimler. I love the beautiful colour and painterly style of Tricia Guild. I go to the library a lot and love looking at beautifully illustrated children's books.
The future, what are your next plans?
At the moment I have been working part-time to fit in with my young children, but I'm gradually beginning to work more. I want to just carry on doing more design work for Bedding, stationery kitchenware etc. I'd like to design a range of prints and cards and perhaps sell them online. I'd love to illustrate a children's book. As long as I'm drawing I'm happy!!!
What mediums do you work with?
I work digitally most of the time. Although, I've just bought a lino-cutting set, and I'm going to have a go at some printing!
What is your favourite medium?
I work with illustrator and photoshop, and I'm quite comfortable working digitally now.
Make sure you check out Rosie's blog to find out more about her work.