I hope you had a lovely weekend. Today, I’m delighted to feature an interview and the floral-inspired work of the very talented designer, Lindsay Taylor.
Do read on to hear all about her beautiful unique designs…
When did you start your business and where are you based?
I started creating my three dimensional embroidery in 2007. Prior to this I was making bespoke bridal gowns.
I’m based on the Isle of Wight and have a studio at the bottom of my garden. I live opposite a forest in the middle of nowhere, so nature is all around me.
I love gardening and this inspires me to produce work related to what I plant.
Could you tell us more about the kind of floral-inspired designs that you create?
I create many products related to flora and fauna, from hats and handbags to chairs and lampshades all covered with embroidery, in my own unique style.
What sort of techniques do you use to create your designs?
Using a domestic sewing machine, I sew many linking stitches together to form a unique fabric in a shape I require.
This is sewn onto a fabric that dissolves in water stretched over a wooden embroidery frame, allowing me to embroider without a base fabric.
This enables me to produce the smallest components of embroidery for a piece of work. Sometimes many hundreds of individual pieces are used to produce a final piece of work.
Hand stitching will be used to sew all the pieces together along with beading or wirework if desired.
I’m always looking to push my craft and take my work in new directions. Recently I’ve been working on a life-size peacock for an installation.
Where do you get floral inspiration for your work?
My main inspiration comes directly from my surroundings, but I also visit exhibitions at museums and galleries.
Books too are an invaluable asset. I have quite a large library of books that I’ve collected since childhood, from fashion and architecture to floristry and the natural world.
What are your plans for 2012?
I have an exciting year ahead of me.
I’m exhibiting at The Wallace Collection in London, then I’m off to Denmark to exhibit internationally for the first time.
In June, I’ll be exhibiting at the Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey in Devon. Then hopefully in the autumn I’ll be exhibiting in New York.
Do you have a favourite flower?
Time and time again I use roses in my work. My garden is covered in them, mainly as you have to be a really bad gardener to kill them.
They smell fabulous, look beautiful, repeat flower time and time again. Yes, roses are definitely my favourite flower.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Lindsay’s wonderful designs. If you’d like to keep up-to-date with her news, she has a blog.
(Images : Lindsay Taylor)