Emma creates simply beautiful botanical drawings which she then translates to wonderful wallpaper designs and fashion textiles. Emma is currently studying for her MA Textiles at the Royal College of Art but has already received alot of attention through her work from winning the M&S Limited Collection project and featuring in a recent WGSN trend report. I am sure you will agree that Emma's incredible grasp on textile and surface pattern design will ensure her continued success.
Name: Emma Shipley
University/ College: Royal College of Art
Course: MA Textiles - specialising in Print
Current Occupation: Postgraduate Student / Freelance Designer
Blog/ website link: emmashipley.carbonmade.com
What three to five words would you use to describe your work?
Botanical, intricate, mathematical, 'hyper-nature'
What inspires you?
Patterns in nature: their beauty, irregularity and the mathematical principles behind them.
What mediums do you work with?
Initially, pencil drawing and photography (digital and analogue), then Photoshop and computer programming/scripting to develop designs, and finally a combination of hand and digital printing processes to transfer images onto fabric.
What was your first job? when/how did you know you wanted a career in art?
My first design job was at a fashion print design studio after graduating from BA - otherwise, at a hairdressers aged 14 - I hated it.
I've wanted to follow a career in art for as long as i can remember - I've always LOVED to draw.
Design books/blogs you can’t live without:
At the moment I'm obsessed with American artist Walton Ford - his book Pancha Tantra is stunning. I'm also interested in traditional print design - Lewis F. Day's Pattern Design from 1903 is essential reading if you're into repeat patterns. I also read anything and everything by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins - his descriptions and explanations of the evolutionary process are inspirational.
I'm currently in the final year of my MA in Textiles at the Royal College of Art. We have a Work-in-Progress Show from 12th to 20th January that I'm working towards, and after that I'll be concentrating on my final project: An exploration of irregular patterns inspired by those found in nature. The outcome will be a collection of printed garments for Womenswear.