"Sarah Renwick is a printed textile designer, particularly inspired by geometric shapes and interested in traditional theories regarding tessellation and repetition.
She uses traditional printmaking methods such a silk screen, mono, block and lino to add texture and depth to her designs."
FD: Your designs have come far, what has been your main influence for your different designs?
SR:I mainly take inspiration from geometric shapes and colours used in Eastern art. As a western designer, I enjoy seeking inspiration from different cultures and allowing this to form an underlying visual language to my work. My most recent collection is a contemporary response to traditional Islamic tapestries and quilts.
FD: What different mediums do you use? / What is your preferred medium?
SR:During my time at Leeds College of Art, I have become aware of the fact that there has been a revival in the use of traditional printmaking techniques. By reconnecting with these craft based skills, such as silkscreen printing and monoprinting, I have discovered a way of creating contemporary prints, which are complemented by the use of traditional printing processes. I have coupled this passion for printmaking with my interest in geometric shapes, natural forms and theories regarding tessellation and repetition, resulting in an exciting and unique approach to image making.
FD: What are your future aspirations?
SR:I hope to work within an environment that promotes and supports traditional printing methods, in an attempt to prolong the existence of craft based skills. I also plan to continue designing and making printed textile homeware products to be sold online and hopefully to be stocked in stores nationwide (a girl can dream, right?). I'm also currently in discussion with a company who are interested in selling my designs as wallpaper which is really exciting for me.
FD: Who's work inspires you? / Who do you look to for inspiration?
SR: This is a tough one, I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere! As I mentioned earlier, I am mainly inspired by traditional Eastern works of art, however, there are a few contemporary designers whose work I particularly admire. I find the simplicity and subtlety of Scandinavian inspiring and I'm often referring to Lotta Jansdotter's Print and Pattern book for ideas and inspiration. I also look to John Robshaw, who like myself, references the East and his cultural experiences in his designs. His eye for colour and use of simple geometric shapes is particularly inspiring.
FD: Where would you see your designs in the future?
SR: I mainly see my designs in interior settings, whether it be in homes, cafes or hotels. I think the main selling point of my work is it's versatility. The colours and shapes that I use in my designs are bold, but they look at home in any environment.
FD:Would you consider moving into a different industry i.e clothing?
SR: Never say never! Interiors is my focus at the minute, I have made t-shirts and bags with my designs in the past, however, I feel that because my patterns are often quite bold and colourful, I think they are better suited to homeware and are more versatile in that environment.■
Images 'sarahrenwick.co.uk'; Hand printed 'hungarian cross' tea towels, Leeds Gallery Pop Up Shop, Cushions
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