Featured Member – May 2015
Featured Member – May 2015
What is your background as an artist and what led you to surface pattern design?
I have always been self employed and have had many design jobs from painting airplanes/Japanese zeros for Steven Speilberg's film 'Empire of the Sun' to starting up my own business in a bedroom selling specialized inkjet papers and fabrics. I built up the business and it became well known on a national level and then I sold it to a large stationery company. I have appeared on TV many times, like on 'Make Over' and 'Art' shows on the BBC. My houses have appeared in many magazines over the years and my current house will be appearing in 'Period Living' magazine. I became a surface designer after I took part in a BA honors degree at Newcastle College. I loved every minute of it and just knew I wanted to create wallpapers and fabrics for interiors, the rest is history!
How would you define your style?
My style is very traditional with a British and historical style. I love the quality of the past and I know how a proper British house can be created by using the English look. My designs could look good in a country or urban setting. I would like to think I produce a fresh look but original at the same time. I like pretty designs that I would use in my own house.
What was your first job doing surface pattern design and how did you get it?
At the moment I have just finished my degree course and have been asked by quite a few businesses to work for them but I have had to decline because I have had to concentrate on my degree which only finishes in June 2015. I have been asked to decorate a drawing room for a client who has a significant royal connection, I am waiting for the wallpaper to be printed but the lead time has been 2 months. Once I have finished my degree I will be concentrating on marketing my business. I have been very lucky and have had interest in my work. I am attending a design show in London in June to launch my first collection.
Where do you look for inspiration?
My inspiration comes from historical sources, museums like Victoria and Albert museum and British Museum in London. I recently visited the Natural History museum in NYC. I love looking at old ceramics and textiles, some of these I have found in the Bowes Museum in County Durham, UK. I look at blogs, but usually just to see what is happening in the industry. I find it difficult to find trend ideas for interiors but see there is a great deal for fashion. I always look at interior magazines, like 'World of Interiors', 'Elle Decoration' and 'Country Living' magazines. I try and make my own inspiration and do not follow a particular style. I love Instagram and have found some amazing like minded people to follow and connect with.
Charlotte's designs and collections will be available for the first time to buy on-line in the summer of 2015. If you'd like to see more of Charlotte's work, check out her website:
www.charlottegaisford.co.uk and her member profile page.