Today, I’m delighted to feature an interview with textile designer Susan Kennewell and images of her stunning floral work.
When did you start your business and where are you based?
I became completely freelance about thirteen years ago. I have a small workroom in my house and am based on the Sussex coast.
Could you describe what you do?
My work seems to change all the time, which I see as a good thing especially in this present difficult market.
In answer, I work on a range of different projects depending on what is around and I like it best when the work is varied such as now.
I’m working on some pieces for windows and walls at the moment. I also continue to freelance for the interior and fashion worlds.
Where do you get your floral inspiration for your designs?
It’s always inspirational to buy a bunch of different blooms and to draw them using the sewing machine!
So, inspiration comes from looking at individual flowers and their make-up, as well as beautiful florist shops where flora is displayed in multiples and the colour is amazing.
Wonderful arrangements by talented florists are inspiring as well as blogs such as this and of course, gardens and books.
Could you tell us about some of your recent commissions?
I’m very excited to be working with Claire Chalkley on some new work for her magical shop in Brittany, Les Couronnes Sauvages.
This includes some quirky stitched collages featuring some of the objects in the shop, as well as the beautiful flowers of course.
Amongst other things here, I’m also working on some organza, floral garlands. We have several ideas we’re playing with!
I’m working with Kate Halfpenny on some bridal work which is new and interesting for me too.
And prior to this I’ve enjoyed working on some decorative organza flowers for the Danish-based Jeanne D’Arc Living magazine.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2012?
I’m really looking forward to developing the work with Claire, which we’re hoping will change seasonally and will keep it lively and fresh.
I’m working on a little show with Dawn Allen Roberts for her Galerie XXIV in Angouleme.
I have some Christmas flowers to complete for Anette Stovring’s Danish shop, Ville des Roses. And I would like to continue and develop the bridal work.
Thinking on to 2013, I’m taking part in Brighton Festival Open Houses for the first time and showing work at the house of the lovely potter Sylph Baier.
What is your favourite flower?
Too, too hard to pick one flower!
I love everything from the theatrical presence of agapanthus and alliums to the feathery, papery peonies and ranunculus to the sweet-faced pansies.
Many thanks to Susan for all her help in putting together today’s blog post. If you’d like to keep up-to-date with her news, she’s on Facebook.
(Images : Susan Kennewell)