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Say hello to: Rachael Taylor

Welcome to my first interview style post for Style On The Run!

Rachael Taylor is a 26 years old freelance surface pattern designer and textile artist who is currently living  in Leeds, England.

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Originally from the Wirral, Merseyside, Rachael graduated from the University of Leeds in 2005, with a BA (Hons) in Textile & Fashion Design. Her first job was as a print & design technician whilst also working as a part time freelancer in the textile industry. She then went on to progress with her textile & stitched screen printed pieces and held her first solo exhibition called ’stitched’ in 2006 at the Brahm Gallery Leeds.

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Later that year Rachael was awarded 1st prize in the Janome creative competiton for a layered paper skirt design.
Then specialising in surface pattern design, she developed her signature style of layering & textures. This signature style is present in both her screenprinted pieces & CAD work.

Wanting to obtain further experience & CAD knowledge Rachael applied for a job with one of the greetings market leaders, where she worked as a mac designer for two years specialising in surface pattern design. She then set up her own design studio in May 2008 (based in Leeds) where she now works as a freelance surface pattern designer & textile artist.

Rachael is currently working on her own label but also has a variety of clients in the UK, Europe & the USA from design studios to private buyers in the art, ceramics, interior, fashion, greetings & marketing industries including Paperchase, Tigerprint for Marks and Spencers and House of Fraser.

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Please describe your work in 5 words.
Spontaneous, fun, quirky, energetic, bright.

What inspires you creatively?
I’m inspired by lots of other designers out there, I admire Orla Kielys success & I love Paperchase/ Urban Outfitters stores. I love any designer who takes risks & has a quirky edge to their work.  I love textures/ mundane things & run don buildings etc i get so many Ideas fromsomething that looks imperfect

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What are your favourite materials to use?
I like to doodle/draw with a mix of pens  pencils different thicknesses and to create textures with inks/ paints, basically anything I can get my hands on!

What advice do you have for somebody staring at a blank page?
To try & get inspired by putting on some great music, go on a walk & take a camera. Walk away for half an hour or so & let something just come to you naturally.

Best resource you use?
Print & Pattern & design sponge etc are great online resources. My camera, as everything around me influences me.

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combining hand drawn ideas with CAD to create striking graphics

Biggest achievement so far?
I’m just really pleased with the clients I have built up since setting up my business just two years ago. A recent partnership i’m proud of is Graham & Brown; I have designed some wall art for their range. I have been published in 3 great books this year & was awarded Twitter’s happiest user by The Telegraph in 2009!

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Spotted in Print and Pattern today - Waterstones 22/03/10

What do you hope the future holds for you in terms of your art?
I would love to develop & expand the ‘rachaeltaylordesigns‘ label further. This is a brand new thing for me so i’d love that to really go somewhere. To continue freelancing & receiving great commissions from great clients. I’d also love to expand more into homewares.

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Where can somebody find out more about your work?
My website & my blog & the books I mentioned.  I’m lucky enough to get regularly featured on the Print & Pattern Blog.

Finally …

Would you like to take this opportunity to plug anything?!

My own little label, I love working for companies but it’s really nice to have a line of your own to develop. My Brand new etsy shop & folksy shop & notonthehighstreet shop .

The books that Rachael has been published in are available below…

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