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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"12" INSPIRING DESIGNERS: TRACEY ENGLISH

Today I´d like to introduce you to a new series of mine. I call it "Twelve" and it´s about 12 inspiring designers I interview throughout the year 2017. These "Twelve" wonderful artists muse me, they fuel my inspirations and I admire their artwork with all my heart.

Here comes the first highly inspiring designer of "Twelve". Give an applause to (ta-da):
TRACEY ENGLISH

Tracey lives in SW London with her husband, two teenage sons, a cat called Jelly and a dog named Daisie. She is returning to work after a long break. Originally she created images on hand painted silk, which then led into illustration for greeting cards, educational books, etc. Now she can be found snipping wonderful designs out of tissue paper. She creates images for both commision and art licensing. Feel free to visit her homepage www.tracey-english.co.uk or stop by her blog on www.tracey-english.blogspot.com


So, hello dear Tracey. A warm welcome to "Twelve".

1. When did your interest in design/illustration/art first start and how did that come about?
I grew up in a creative family, my mum was a watercolor artist and art teacher, my dad, an art director and illustrator, my brother turned into a film maker and I took the illustration and surface pattern route! We were always surrounded my creativity.

2. What steps did you take to get to where you are now as a designer/illustrator/artist?
I left school at 16 and went on to do a two year foundation in art and design and then a Higher Diploma in Printed Textiles. After I left I worked in a Color Forecasting Studio and started creating my own work, too. I sold hand painted silk at craft markets and also started to get freelance illustration work.
I took a long break while my sons were growing up. I was still creating but just in my spare time and things for their primary school. Recently I started taking online classes to get back into the swing of things again and that really takes us up to where I am today.

3. How would you describe your style?
Colorful, patterned, fun and whimsical.

4. Who are your favorite designers?
William Morris, Susan Cambell, Josef Frank, Charlie Harper and Scandinavian design.

5. What kind of designer/artist do you want to be known as?
The artist who loved to snip paper!

6. What is your favorite medium you like to work with?
Tissue paper, liquid acrylics, scissors and PVA glue.

7. What are you currently working on?
Some Christmas novelty books and some greetings cards.

8. How do you fuel your inspirations?
From my everyday surrounds, a current online-course, exhibitions or things online.

9. How does your creative process look like?
I generally paint some tissue papers to the colors I require, sometimes I work from a sketch or an image or photo, sometimes just a snip. Then I cut the design out, normally arranging some of it before I start sticking it down, so that I am still free to move things around. Once I finished I scan things into Photoshop and clean the design up, twead the colors, move bits around, whatever is needed.

10. What are your major goals for the next years?
I would love to try and get some of my own products printed. I created some tea towels to sell in the run of Christmas. They sold really well, so I would love to find time to get some more things together.

Tracey, thank you so much for your time, your inspiring answers and your amazing samples of artwork as well. I love your fantastic creations of snipped paper and can´t wait for your future product line.
Have a wonderful day.
Lots of love,
 

1 comment:

  1. Lara'Ana: This is the first time for me to visit your lovely blog.

    Recently I came across Tracey's Facbook Page and requested to be her friend. Enjoyed learning more about her and her delightful creations.
    ~Suzy Leopold

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