University/ College: The Norwich School of Art and Design
Course: Contemporary textile Practices
Current Occupation: Freelance Textile Designer
Georgia recently entered our Contemporary Florals Competition which prompted me to take a look at her website and blog. I am very glad i did too as it's a treasure trove of loveliness with new patterns on a daily basis and the recent post on afternoon tea at Harrods made me so very hungry. Enjoy reading about Georgia.
What three to five words would you use to describe your work?
Happy, colourful, vintage, fun.
What inspires you?
So many different things inspire me. Watching old films, going to museums and galleries, books, magazines, trends, the list is endless! I love to take note of really good colour combinations like vintage crockery or scraps of fabric. I adore finding things which are actually vintage and yet look completely contemporary.
What was your first job? when/how did you know you wanted a career in art?
One of my first ever jobs was as a shop assistant in Whittard of Chelsea, I just loved all the colourful china and strong smell of coffee. I often used to imagine having a range of my china decorated with my patterns, maybe one day!
I think I knew really early on that I wanted a career in art, I come from quite a creative family and was always happiest when engaged in arty activities. I was recently in contact with my nursery teacher who said the signs were there in Nursery! When I started sixth form and on in to my foundation year I discovered that everything thing I did always came back to a pattern and decoration which is where my heart is.
Design books/blogs you can’t live without
The first blog which I click onto everyday is ‘print and pattern’ which I just love for finding out about new trends and designers. I also love ‘Bright Bazaar’ for colour inspiration, as well as ‘Eat, Drink, Chic’, ‘Orange You Lucky’ - Helen Dardik’s blog, (her illustrations never fail to make me smile), ‘Decor8’, and ‘Style Me Pretty’.
I have just bought new Orla Kiely book ‘pattern’, which is a real feast for the eyes, and I always refer back to my ‘Repro Depot Pattern’ books, ‘V & A Pattern – The Fifties’ and ‘All Wrapped Up’ by Kevin Akers.
I’m focusing on my freelance work, and really want to push the boundaries of what I can do. I would like to create many different collections, which appeal to many different demographics. I’m also looking for new exciting projects and intending to be as creative as possible this year.
What mediums do you work with?
I like to vary it, but at the moment I’m often drawing with a medium thickness sharpie marker and then scan it onto my computer. I then take the drawing onto illustrator and photoshop to lay in colour and create repeats.