Today the weekend starts here with the very talented hannah waldron, a print and textile designer currently living in Sweden. I love hannah's work and would love to have one of her prints hung on my own wall. So you can imagine how pleased I was to get to chat to Hannah about her work.
patternbooth: firstly, can you tell me a bit about yourself and your journey into designing?
hannah: I studied Illustration at the University of Brighton, graduating in 2007, and since then I have developed my portfolio by working on various projects I was invited to be involved in. Naturally things have progressed in a direction that suits my personality and interests, and I have gravitated towards textiles and weaving.
patternbooth: your style is very distinctive, how did it develop?
hannah: That's very kind of you to say. It's hard to answer really because I just make work of images that develop in my mind based on experiences I have had, or places I have visited that made an impression on me. I suppose it's a direct reflection of the development of my interests and experience. It's hard to say when you're so involved in it.
patternbooth: who would you say are your main influences?
hannah: I found out recently that my father, who is an architect, used to make drawings that are similar to mine, which must of been an influence, but I don't remember. But I do love now to look at architectural drawings, especially of 'visionary' buildings that never came to be. In past years I have looked a lot at the weavings and textiles of nomadic cultures, and modernist ideas, especially the colour theory they explored which has fed into my work.
patternbooth: you have a very prestigious client list which is not surprising because your work is so gorgeous. A lot of new designers will be interested in how this happens? ...what is it like to be meeting with people from the V&A, Paul Smith etc
hannah: All my commissions have come from clients seeing my website or through contacts. It's great to work with such prestigious institutions and clients, I feel lucky to have had such good experience so far. Also a few bad ones too! But mostly good.
patternbooth: your work is really varied with prints, textiles and wall coverings all featuring...is there a type of application of your work that you haven't achieved yet, but would like to?
hannah: I am currently experimenting more with my weaving, and I want to explore how my drawing could translate into shaft weaving.
patternbooth: can you describe your workspace?
hannah: A big desk with a board in front with a piece of yellow cloth pinned to it. I have a thing for the shade of mustard at the moment.
patternbooth: what is the best advice you would give a new designer?
hannah: make work you enjoy doing, challenge yourself in new directions and be confident to show it to people.