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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.


You can view more of Abbie's work on her social medias:

Instagram: @abbiechelseydesign 

LinkedIn: Abbie-Dale

Artsthread: Abbie Dale


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 DesignersI 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.