the weekend starts here...hannah waldron

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.

wallpaper designed for pizza express

wallpaper designed for pizza express

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.

furoshiki designed for Link Collective

furoshiki designed for Link Collective

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

textile design for R.Newbold of Paul Smith

textile design for R.Newbold of Paul Smith

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.

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If you want to see more of hannah's brilliant work then you can have a look on her website at www.hannahwaldron.co.uk