I hope you had a lovely weekend. Today, I’m delighted to feature the beautiful floral creations of designer Louise Taylor, together with a Q&A.
Could you tell us a little bit about your background?
I am a textile print and surface pattern designer specialising in hand-painted watercolour prints and floral design.
I graduated in 2010 from Leeds College of Art with a 1st Class Honours in Printed Textile and Surface Pattern Design. Since then, I’ve been working freelance, designing prints for fashion fabrics.
I recently made the decision to set up my own business, Louise Taylor Designs, that will offer unique products that are of a high quality, with an emphasis on beautiful, artistic detail.
I’m set to launch the business at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate in April, so it’s all really exciting.
Your graduate portfolio is beautiful. Could you tell us how it came about?
For my graduate portfolio I created a collection of floral fabric designs intended for the fashion market.
My concept was to create a romantic collection that would capture the beauty of full blooming, English garden florals, with a sense of nostalgia and femininity.
I wanted to capture the detail of my painting and drawing style and emphasise this.
The design collection portrays ideas of traditional, historical floral design, along with my love of botanical illustration, combining ideas of both past and present to create a contemporary, innovative collection.
Could you take us through the process of painting or drawing a design to it being made into a digital print?
I have a very artistic approach and initially begin by painting and drawing flowers in my sketchbook using mainly watercolours, pen and pencil.
I work from photographs, collected floral source material or through adapting botanical illustrations to draw and paint from.
I then scan these in to my computer and edit them…changing the colours, combining different elements and layering imagery, adding effects until I’m happy.
I then make the designs into final pattern repeats and compositions ready to be digitally printed, allowing the original painted or drawn detail to be captured.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve been really busy with all the aspects of setting up Louise Taylor Designs.
And I’ve been working on a launch collection of silk scarves for spring/summer (which are shown above). The prints have been derived from delicate watercolour paintings and intricate drawings of beautiful botanicals and nostalgic flora.
Some are taken from my degree collection, with the idea to create elegant, feminine and timeless pieces, merging the boundaries between art and fashion, all made in Britain.
As well as scarves, I’ve been creating a collection of greeting cards with my floral designs on, which will be available to buy very soon.
What is your favourite flower?
The rose. There are so many beautiful variations, all versatile and timeless.
I hope Louise’s designs have brightened up your Monday. I think they’re stunning and I’d like to wish her all the very best at the British Craft Trade Fair next month.
(Images : Louise Taylor)