Emma wood attended our very first Tigerprint Open Day back in September and consequently joined us for a two week placement in our Bradford Design Studio. You can find out more about Emma and her work in the interview below.
1. What inspires you to create the work you do?
I love textiles, so textures and fabrics are something I love working with. I love colour and dyeing fabrics, so in my final year degree work I took a lot of my inspiration from space imagery and the night sky. I also love designing for children, I think you can be a bit more playful when your work has a younger target market!
2. What is your usual creative process? Where do you start and what mediums do you use?
I like photography (though I'm not very good at it!) I usually start working from pictures I've taken or photos I've found that inspire me, and I mainly look at colours first. I enjoy dyeing fabrics, stitching and printing. So I like to get a bit messy!
3. In three words- how would you describe your work?
loads of fun!
4. What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy baking, now that I'm back living with my mum I get to do it more often and make a mess in her nice kitchen! We've already prepared the mince pies in advance for Christmas this year!
6. What three things would you want to have with you on a desert island?
my phone, my very handy swiss army tool and a book.
8. What book are you currently reading?
I'm reading Lord of the Rings at the moment. I'm just about to finish the first book of the trilogy. It was read to me when I was younger so now I wanted to read it for myself. I love the films too; I'm really looking forward to The Hobbit!
9. Do you ever get ‘designers block’? If so, how do you combat it?
I dig out some pattern or design books. Print & Pattern 1&2 are always good ones to get me back on track. Magazines are great too, I bought a Christmas magazine this year and I have tons of ideas now for making gifts for people and decorations!
10. Who is your favourite designer/artist?
I have a few favourites, I find it too hard to pick! I love Tara McPherson's illustrations, I met her once and she signed my book. I was really chuffed! I also love Gil Elgren's pin up paintings- they are incredible!
11. Finally, do you have anything you'd like to share- links to your blog, shop etc?
website: www.emmawoodtextiles.co.uk (on which there is a small shop, there will be more added soon hopefully!)