This friday pattern booth is thrilled to feature the inspirational Tamasyn Gambell who's work just seems to get more and more exciting every time I look.
Tamasyn, who trained at Chelsea college of Art and the Royal college brings her individual style and eco credentials to a range of products from notebooks to recycled scarves, and in her latest collaboration, gorgeously upholstered furniture. Pattern booth just had to talk to Tamasyn to get some insider information.
pattern booth: Your work is so stylish and memorable. What is your design inspiration?
Tamasyn: I am inspired by the Art Deco and Bauhaus movements, by their graphic shapes, bold colours and strength of timeless design. I am an avid flea market goer and collector of things from vintage ceramics, maps, old tickets and labels.
pattern booth: you obviously take the environmental impact of your work seriously. Has this been a challenge?
Tamasyn: Yes, but a very valid one. You do have to work a bit harder and often pay a bit more, but there are environmentally friendly alternatives out there, its just a matter of perseverance. I think people are more and more keen on investing in eco friendly products and with this demand suppliers are realizing that they need to provide products that meet this need. I think in a few years it will be easier to find these alternatives and hopefully they will become integral to most brands and not just a minority.
pattern booth: You've had a really varied career in the industry so far. How does running your own company compare to working for others?
Tamasyn: I don't think I could work for someone else anymore! I love being in control of a product from its design, production and where it ends up. I have learnt so much working for myself and its always really exciting as that never stops. Everyday is a new challenge. Its a bit of an addiction!
pattern booth: If you could see your work anywhere, where would it be?
Tamasyn: I would love to be in the main collection at the V&A. I grew up in Earls Court and spent my childhood roaming the galleries there and it would be a real thrill to see my work in one of my favorite spaces in London!
You can see Tamasyn's website for more inpiration, or if you are out and about in London this month Tamasyn is exhibiting at Tent London where she will be showing her cushions, notebooks and lampshades. Ercol will also be there showing their latest collaboration, The Windsor Chair featuring Tamasyn's printed fabric cushions. Not to be missed.