Featured Designer: Richard Baker
“I graduated from the Norwich University of the Arts with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Textile Design and subsequently exhibited work at the New Designers show in London where I sold my first design collection.
Having worked as a graphic designer / photographic retoucher, I soon pursued my passion for surface pattern designing, creating womenswear prints for a New York agency. Wanting to obtain further experience and diversify into other commercial contexts, I contacted Holly Harman of ‘Wine Label Design’ based in California, USA where I was given the opportunity to assist with some design and publishing projects. I have recently done some work experience at the F&F Clothing head office in Hatfield, UK where I learnt so much about current and future trends, meetings with suppliers and so much more…
I love using natural objects like flowers and leaves in my work….and I can often be seen collecting various things while out on walks. I find using the actual objects brings out an original feel to the overall finished design. I sometimes like to mix hand drawn wax pieces with actual objects – using the hand drawing or stitching as interesting background marks.
I also love how colours compliment each other in my work – the overall finished design has to feel right in every aspect. I have learnt so much about colour trends which has also made my work much more appealing commercially.
I also design my work in preparation for being a repeat pattern…I like showing my work as a repeat tile so if somebody likes what they see they can use it as an instant repeat if necessary.”