Today we are highlighting the amazing work of UK-based surface pattern designer Richard Baker. His bold and vibrant florals are such a breath of fresh air and we love his energizing use of color! Read on to learn more about this up-and-coming talent.
“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 am looking to explore commercial opportunities where I can design for various markets such as: ceramics, creative glass, fashion, stationery, interior design, canvas art, album artwork, packaging…”
“It was when I was a student that ‘drawing’ was emphasised as being so important in the design process. At the time I was unaware just how much. It was only once I had graduated that I discovered my own style and method of working. Drawing is the most important part of the design process…and it is about having fun and letting your personality come out in your work.
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.”