I recently met the very talented textile designer, Catherine Hammerton, and today’s post features a selection of her floral-inspired designs, together with a Q&A.
Catherine very kindly answered a few questions for me :
When did you start your business and where are you based?
I set up my own label in 2006 and I’m now lucky to be based at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, central London. It’s a ramshackle old building shared with Camden Council and spread over two floors.
It’s always a busy and buzzy sort of place, jam-packed with some of the best designers and makers in London. My studio has the most wonderful light, with almost floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides, and direct access to the roof – perfect for drying screens when printing.
I adore the space, and the makers next door, who are always in and out making coffee and me, laugh.
Where do you get your floral inspiration for your designs?
I take lots of photographs of flowers that I love and enjoy – spring and meadow type blooms especially. I also have a penchant for a good-old-fashioned flower press, which instantly gives you a whole host of really graphic shapes and silhouettes.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2011?
I have just expanded my Bottle Garden product range and launched my new textile print, Flight.
And amidst setting up a new line of ceramics to complement existing ranges, I’m also looking into new wallpapers for Spring/Summer ‘12 – watch this space!
Do you have a favourite flower?
I have a soft spot for peonies and freesias in the spring time at home, violas in my window boxes and geraniums all year round.
(Images : Catherine Hammerton)