Freelance Surface Pattern Designer at Rachel Goodchild Designs
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Who do you design for and what is your style?
I have designed for Charbonnel et Walker, Paul Smith for Leica, The Art Fund and The Warner Textile Archive. Five of my patterns feature in The Pattern Sourcebook - A Century of Surface Design (laurance King). I have also sold my designs in the National Galleries of Scotland, Royal National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall Shop, Royal West Academy, The Bishop's Palace Shop, The Southbank Centre, Cardiff Castle, Avoncroft Museum, Warner Textile Archive, The Art Fund, Discovery Museum, The Oxfordshire Museum, The Royal Landscape Society, Hever Castle, and others.
My style for commission varies depending on the design brief, but my personal designs are styled on vintage textiles with a fresh new feel and look.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by life - and its stunning glory: the changing seasons, the colors around us, textures in the everyday, natural forms, birds, man-made shapes, vintage textiles, art history, ephemera, Victorian packaging and much more. I can't go out without my notebook, camera and my Pantone app to help me capture a particular feel.
What do you love about being a designer?
The ability to be able to create something new each day excites me. I love the process of taking something really simple, like a color combination and mixing it with a shape to create a fresh contemporary pattern. I also particularly love being faced with a design brief and creating a range that makes the customer really happy.
What else would you like us to know about you?
I also specialize in working with antique textiles and ephemera for companies in order to create a pattern repeat design for products. I have been commissioned by archives, museums and castles to create pattern repeats from pieces in their collections. This part of my work I also find really enjoyable, as I adore working with vintage artifacts.