June 29, 2011

Introducing designer, Katy Chard…

This month, whilst at the Pulse London 2011 trade show, I came across the beautiful work of designer and printmaker, Katy Chard.

Based in the West Country, Katy creates limited edition prints, hand-screen-printed cards, stationery and textiles.  And today’s post features a selection of her designs, starting off with two limited edition prints.

Below are some of Katy’s hand-screen-printed cards from her ‘say it with flowers’ range.

And here are a selection of her hand bound notebooks.

Katy very kindly answered some questions for me:

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

It was in 2007 that I took the plunge and left a full-time job to make a living out of my designs and prints. I’ve built up the business in tandem with part-time print studio management and teaching work.

I’m based in Bristol at Snap Studio. Snap is a screen-printing cooperative run by myself and seven other screen-printoholicis!

I sell my screen-prints, printed textiles, stationery and cards in galleries and shops across the UK, as well as on my website.

Where do you get your floral inspiration for your designs?

Most of the early inspirations came from my mum’s garden.  She clearly has green fingers but her planting style is relaxed and eclectic, throwing up interesting combinations of colour, form and texture.

I love the variety, intricacy and beauty of flowers and try to carry a camera with me to capture this wherever I can.

What are your plans for the remainder of 2011?

I’m currently busy printing orders from my recent show at Pulse London, as well as working on a wedding print commission, so it’s a busy few weeks, which is great.

Then it’s literally back to the drawing board as I’m itching to get started on new prints and fabrics and hope to get them out in the next few months.

You can keep an eye on what I am up to on my blog.

Do you have a favourite flower?

I would have to say no, partly because it would change so frequently. However, if pushed I would say poppy, especially when they spring up in urban spaces and give you that shot of colour.

I’m currently growing sweet peas and they’re hopefully just about to flower. Not only do they look beautiful, they also smell beautiful too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Katy’s wonderful floral designs.  The different ways that all the designers and artists I feature interpret the beauty of flowers always amazes me!

(Images : Katy Chard)

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