My introduction to block printing came through my inspirational print technician at college, this is where Claire showed me the amazing work of Barron and Larcher. Ever since then I have been obsessed with block printed fabrics. Later that year I exhibited my first collection of prints at the end of year show and I still use some of these blocks to this day.
I then went on to study textile design at Bath School of Art and Design where I carried on to learn further skills and more about the textile print industry. My degree show was full of my block printed fabrics inspired by the British countryside, this is where I designed ‘Oldfield’ which is one of my favourite designs. My degree show in 2014 was featured in Creative Review.
After 6 months travelling in India spending a lot of time in Jaipur looking into all the wonderful block printing artisans, I came back to start my own business block printing fabrics in Oxfordshire.
My love for the English countryside especially Oxfordshire (where I am lucky enough to have my studio) is my main inspiration, this is where I draw from life before carving my blocks into lino. All my fabrics are hand printed by myself, the beauty of block printing is each print is entirely unique.
I love to use a mix match of flora within each design, for example combining the leaves of daffodils with the head of a thistle, I also like to play around with scale with in each motif and usually add small geometric shapes adding contrast to the natural shape of flora within the design.
Block printing has really stood the test of time it has hardly changed at all in over 2,000 years and with all the technology today nothing can come close to mimicking the personal individual marks made by block printing.