Bringing the week to a close are these stunning floral-inspired products from the very talented designer, Ella Doran.
Today’s post features simply a small selection from her range, which includes cushions, kitchen products, melamine, mugs, stationery, trays, prints, table mats and coasters, roller blinds, wallpaper, window panels and umbrellas!
I thought I’d start off with four of Ella’s canvases…are they just beautiful?
And following on are three of her greeting cards…
Ella very kindly answered a few questions for me :
When did you start your business and where are you based?
I started my business over 3 years after graduating from my Printed Textiles BA degree at Middlesex Polytechnic. I was born in London and grew up in Bristol, but once I came back to college in London I never left.
I love to travel both locally and abroad, so my work is very often inspired by nature and the world around us, both man-made and natural.
Flowers have always been a source of inspiration because of their colours and design. They have a magnificence that I love to photograph on camera as they are a reminder that nothing lasts forever, but by capturing their essence and qualities I enable them to live on longer for us to enjoy.
Where do you get your floral inspiration for your designs?
I take all of the photographic images that I use for my designs. I am always out and about with my camera, and I fluctuate between using images from my travels and explorations to studio shoots of flowers brought in especially for a shoot.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2011?
We will be designing our new collections and planning the products ranges for 2012/13 and selling our products at pop-up shops and sales around London and in Colmar France. We have been invited to be guest designers at a big show for the public for interior products and decoration.
Do you have a favourite flower?
When I first gained recognition for my flower images in the late 90s, the anemone was my favourite muse in varying shades of pink and purple (these images then formed the ‘Femme’ collection).
I then fell in love with natural meadow flowers from England for my ‘Meadow’ collection of picnicware. My new collection called ‘Isabel Garden’ celebrates garden flowers, from daffodils to delphiniums, tulips to dill flowers. So I can’t say I have a favourite although I am quite taken by gladioli right now, so you might see them crop up in my next design!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s post and seeing Ella’s products. The final ones I’m featuring are her roller blinds below.
Hope you have a lovely restful weekend…
(Images : Ella Doran)