I recently discovered the work of textile designer, Jenny Arnott.
With a background in printed and embroidered textiles, Jenny has created a lovely range of accessories and textiles, including cushions, lavender bags, buttons, badges and magnets, as well as stationery and greetings cards.
She uses a combination of free-hand machine embroidery and appliqué to layer and stitch fabrics together.
The first four images in today’s post feature a selection of her greeting cards.
Below are a magnet and a badge, followed by two of Jenny’s floral-inspired cushions.
Jenny very kindly answered a few questions for me :
When did you start your business and where are you based?
I work from my home studio in a small Somerset town called Bruton, and have been trading for just over a year now. There was a lot of planning behind the scenes before I launched my business, but all the hard work is paying off and it has been a great start to the year so far.
Where do you get your floral inspiration for your designs?
My flower designs are amongst some of my most popular, but the flower motifs I use are quite simple and stylised as opposed to precise representations.
However, I would love to maybe have a go at designing some new products based on specific flowers. Bold and easily recognisable flowers such as roses and sunflowers would work particularly well I think.
What are your plans for 2011?
For the remainder of 2011, I plan on building my product range and generally continuing to promote my business.
I am now selling my products in a number of shops and boutiques across the country, and hopefully this will continue to grow this year.
I am also currently doing some freelance work for Crafts Beautiful magazine, which is an exciting avenue and one I also hope to continue exploring in the coming months.
Do you have a favourite flower?
There are lots and lots of different flowers I love – roses and tulips being amongst my favourites.
I prefer bright flowers which give a real splash of colour, whether it be in a garden or floral arrangement.
I also love to have flowers in the house whenever I can, and I dream one day to have a rambling cottage garden from which I can pick them!
(Images : Jenny Arnott)