April 26, 2011

Introducing designer, Emma Hardicker…

Last month at the Country Living Fair in London, I met the very talented Emma Hardicker.  I was so taken by Emma’s beautiful screen prints and her passion for all things floral!

Today’s post features just a few of her designs.  The first four are limited edition prints, followed by a selection of her cards. 

Emma very kindly answered a few questions for me:

When did you start your business and where are you based?

Well I left my job in October 2008 after a year of deliberating whether I should just go for it!  It took me around six months of drawing and experimenting to come up with my first collection of designs, which I hand printed on to cards.

I’m based in Moseley, which is a very creative area in Birmingham. We have a local Moseley Arts Market, held on the fourth Saturday of each month, which is great for buying hand-made goods.

I do all my creative designing working from my hut/studio in the garden.

Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?

My inspiration has always come from my surroundings.  When my studio and I moved to Birmingham in 2009, my work became more floral-based as I was situated in a beautiful garden.  Looking out of my window, I could see spring flowers such as daffodils and fritillaries.

I never really had much interest in flowers before, but having such a strong craving to draw, they became my inspiration.  And now I’m a flower lover. When designing, my aim is to produce something fresh and different, to make sure it’s my own style.

What are your plans for 2011?

I have too many plans to squeeze into 2011. But I plan to move to Oxford by the end of the year and set up a studio/shop.

Also more designs and I’ve just completed four designs based on the seasons and I want to produce these as packs of cards. Plus create some repeat designs for fabrics. 

The next event I will be at is the RHS Flower Show in Malvern in May. I’ll be there from the 13th-15th.

Do you have a favourite flower?

Yes, a snake’s head fritillary. They’re so unusual with their checked pattern, but if I could have two flowers, l also love roses.  They have a classic look and remind me of being in English country gardens.

As well as limited edition prints and cards,  Emma also has paintings and a range of cushions available to buy from her website

I very much look forward to following Emma’s work in the future and if you’d like to keep up-to-date with her news, she’s on Twitter.

(Images : Emma Hardicker)

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