I hope you had a lovely weekend…
Today, I’m delighted to feature an interview with designer Emily Burningham.
I’ve admired Emily’s work for some time now, having initially discovered her greeting cards in a local shop.
Now, she also has a range of textiles, cushions, wash bags and quilts.
When did you start your business and where are you based?
I set up the business in 2005 with simply a few cards and wrapping paper designs.
We’re based in Hampstead, North West London, and we’re incredibly lucky that our office overlooks a lovely garden, which lifts the spirits of everyone working here, in addition to being a source of design inspiration for me.
Where do you get your floral inspiration for your designs?
I’m passionate about print, colour and pattern.
And as well as being inspired by the flowers and plants of traditional English gardens, I’ve also found inspiration from Japanese design, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and 18th Century fabrics, to name a few…there are strong floral traditions in design everywhere.
What are your plans for 2013?
We have lots of plans for 2013! There will be new patterns for our existing products, and also some completely new products in our range, including a wallpaper collection.
As ever, everything will be manufactured in the UK, to ensure both a high quality finish, and an ethical approach to production.
Do you have a favourite flower?
Yes, the fritillary. My grandmother introduced me to it, and we used to marvel at the incredible intricacy of the pattern, and how clever nature was.
We planted some bulbs in the garden which didn’t do anything the first year and then the spring after she passed away, they suddenly appeared.
I always think of her when I see the flower…
Many thanks to Emily for all her help in compiling today’s blog post.
(Images : Emily Burningham)