August's Designer of the month winner:
Abbie Chelsey is a commercial surface pattern designer with a passion for colour, bold prints and texture within textiles. She graduated from Staffordshire University with a first class honours degree specialising in surface pattern design.
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About Abbie: Throughout her final year project, Abbie has focused on the concept of 'Natural Rhythm', a juxtaposition of textures and techniques showcasing her contemporary interpretation of sixties and seventies florals. Bold orchids and exotic foliage are encompassed in a hand tufted rug and digitally printed wallpaper and fabric collection showcasing Abbie's passion for hands-on designing and making, fusing traditional methods with a contemporary eye and attention to detail. Abbie's signature style of block shapes and unexpected bold colours created through the experimentation of collage, expressively-painted studies and rug-tufting has earned her recognition from W'Innovate and Johnson Tiles for her use of colour.
Favourite textile technique: My favourite textile/drawing technique is collaging still lifes and then transferring these to screen print and, in the case of my final interiors project 'Natural Rhythm', reinterpreting these shapes through rug-tufting to create textile art for the home. I am passionate about texture within my work, and rug-tufting allows me to 'draw' with threads to add another dimension to my designs.
Inspirational Designers: I am inspired by Matisse's freedom when drawing and collaging, and Josef Frank's prints really resonate with my own style. I am also inspired by design studios including House of Hackney, Slowdown Studio and Kitty McCall for their unconventional handwriting and emphasis on bold colour within the home.
Dream job: My dream job would be to have my own interiors and giftware business with a big studio and print room to work from! I would love to have my own facilities to carry on my exploration of hand-tufting following on from my degree and seeing the possibilities of how these could be applied to more than just the standard rug.