I love the patterns of Leeds based designer and print maker Miriam Trent. Bold patterns and strong colour will always win me over. Let's have a chat with Miriam and find out more...
patternbooth: How did you come to surface pattern design?
miriam: Its a very long story. When I was an assistant buyer, and designers would come into the offices, I'd think to myself, "I could do that," or maybe more like "I wish I could do that" to cut a long story short, an art foundation course and a Graphic Arts Degree later, specialising in Printmaking found me concentrating on the mind trickery that is Surface Pattern. I absolutely love seeing my designs go into repeat it's a real thrill to set up the print table and watch as the pieces of print come together in one printed length.
patternbooth: What influences you?
miriam: Secessionists, Art Nouveaux, Post War British Design, Post War Scandi Design anything 50's, 60's and 70's and then artists such as the fantastic David Hockney and William Scott. My mum and my tutor at college http://www.thefutilevignette.com/
patternbooth: What made you set up Mintprint?
miriam: I wanted to keep making when I graduated, I wanted to keep printing so I started with selling my own paper prints and then moved onto fabric screenprints.
patternbooth: What is the best and the most challenging thing about running your own business?
miriam: The best thing is doing what you want to do, every priority is your own priority and you agree with what you're doing.
The most challenging thing is organisation. Creatives are not known for their organising skills, but I'm getting there!
patternbooth: You screenprint your own fabrics to use with your products. What is it about screen printing that keeps you hooked on that process?
miriam: The end quality of the print is great. The colours are absolutely sumptuous and I have 100% control over the colours as I mix them myself from pigments. They have a depth to them which is difficult to replicate with other processes.
patternbooth: What is your dream for the next 5 - 10 years?
miriam: Keep making good design for people to enjoy.
patternbooth: What is your perfect brief / product / client?
miriam: A perfect design brief would be to create HUGE surface patterns, abstract, giant repeats and have them hanging on walls in restaurants, bars, hotels. That would be the dream commission.
patternbooth: What are you working on now?
miriam: I'm working on a range of teatowels and aprons. I'm also working up a range of designer prints on paper.
patternbooth: What would you advise someone wanting to set up their own print studio?
miriam: You need deep pockets and rubber gloves!