THE DESIGN PROCESS
I use my collection of vintage and modern scientific books to find inspiration. Darwin's theory of Evolution and Ernst Haeckle's illustrations have been hugely influential on my designs. My collections take inspiration from Science, nature and art telling stories and inspiring imagination.
Theres are lots of big windows in my studio. Working in natural light helps to be very precise with colours and drawing intricate detail.
Animals bring personality to my designs and are often the most striking feature. They can be very time consuming to draw but also rewarding when a character starts to appear on the page.
I paint as often as possible mainly using water colours but sometimes gouache too. I find it quite relaxing but I also need to switch off from distractions for the best results. Ive listened to hundreds of audiobooks and podcasts while working on the collections.
I create colour pallets by pairing together colour combination, often looking at traditional floral botanical art but sometimes its a photograph or magazine page that inspires the tones.
By layering artwork printed and drawn on different papers, I arrange the collage until Im happy then scan in the final layout to be printed onto silk. Each scarf designs can take days or weeks to finalize.
THE ART WORK IS DIGITALLY PRINTED ONTO SILK AND HAND ROLLED FOR A LUXURY FINSIH
Because the scarves are sewn by hand and digitally printed, there can be variations between each piece, even of the same design. I try to make sure there is consistently but sometimes the colours can vary between batches of scarves due to the digital print process but this makes each one a little more individual.
Folding the scarves and putting inside the presentation box is the final touch step before sending out a scarf. I designed the box to be clean and simple so the colourful artwork catches your attension when you lift the lid off.