Last year, I came across the beautiful work of surface pattern designer and illustrator, Abigail Borg, who designs floral-inspired wallpaper, fabric, cushions and stationery.
She was awarded ‘Best British Pattern 2010’ by Elle Decoration at The British Design Awards and her clients range from Laura Ashley Home, Crabtree & Evelyn, Zizzi Ristorante to Johnson & Johnson.
Abigail very kindly answered a few questions for me:
When did you start your business?
2008 wasn’t a great time to graduate. The recession had kicked in and jobs were few and far between.
I did a work placement at Cath Kidston towards the end of the year and then returned home to Birmingham wondering what to do with myself.
I decided to get my collection of wallpapers that had won me the BDC New Designer of the Year award digitally printed in early 2009. And I guess the rest is history!
I really feel that if it wasn’t for the recession and the lack of jobs and opportunities, I wouldn’t be doing what I am now.
Where are you based?
I’m based in a studio on the Worcestershire/Birmingham border.
What are your plans for the future?
I’ve recently launched my new collection of wallpapers, fabrics, cushions and notebooks, entitled ‘New Morning’.
I plan to continue developing my patterns and product range for more launches this year and I’m working with a restaurant chain on the refurbishment of one of their interiors due to happen in early 2012.
I’m also in the process of getting an agent and in talks with a high street chain about stocking my products.
Do you have a favourite flower?
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Abigail’s lovely floral designs today.
(Images : Abigail Borg)