At the Country Living Fair in London last month, I met textile designer and artist, Andrea Curtis.
With a degree in Textile Design, Andrea has always been passionate about pattern and texture.
She specialises in monoprints, textiles and linocuts, and today’s post features some of her quirky designs showing flowers and succulents.
The image above and the three below are monoprints. (For those of you who aren’t familar with monoprints – including me! – click here for a link to Wikipedia’s definition.)
Andrea produces them in small quantities of usually five or six. They are all hand-coloured, so although the image may be the same, the different colours give a unique finish to each print.
Andrea also has a range of textile designs, including these hand-printed cushions below.
She very kindly agreed to answer a few questions for me : –
When did you start your business and where are you based?
My business is quite new, as I’ve only been trading for about six months. Prior to that, I painted furniture for about ten years.
Following the birth of my second child, I went back to college and did an MA in Printmaking to help revive my interest in drawing and textile printing.
Now, I work in my studio in South Wales.
Where do you get your floral inspiration for your designs?
Most of my inspiration comes from my garden. I particularly like flowers and plants that have repetitive, architectural shapes like alliums, agapanthus and succulents.
I have quite a large collection of succulent plants which look fantastic grown in pots.
What is your favourite flower?
My favorite flower is definitely the agapanthus. I love the shape and colour (both white and blue) and it reminds me of New Zealand, as we had loads growing in our garden there.
What are your plans for 2011?
Potentially some monoprints of hydangreas and aloes. Also I’m exhibiting at The Contemporary Craft Fair in Bovey Tracey in Devon from June 10th-12th.
I’d like to wish Andrea every success with new business. I, for one, am a fan!
(Images : Andrea Curtis)