Q&A Annabel Perrin



What is your practice? tell us how you became an artist maker, did you study? self taught? materials you use etc

I’m a surface pattern designer and create colourful, mid-century modern homeware. You will find my full-of-life patterns on furnishing fabric, wallpaper, cushions, stationery and kitchen accessories. I studied Textiles at Manchester School of Art and later returned to MMU to complete an MA in Design. It was during this time I began work on my debut collection, which I launched 6 months later in spring 2013. Travel, modernist architecture and colour inspire my motifs, which are created using a combination of hand-drawn artwork and CAD. These designs are then digitally printed onto fabric in the North West, and are available by the metre or handmade into a range of home accessories. More recently I have branched into ceramics, stationery and wallpaper too.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Colourful, mid-century, contemporary, geometric, textiles

Do you have any art or design heroes?

My favourite artists and designers are those who push the boundaries with colour. Sonia Delauney and Paul Smith come to my mind the most often for this. I also love mid-century textile designers such as Marian Mahler and Lucienne Day. Their abstract motifs and patterns are as current today as 60 years ago.

Where is your studio?

I work from my home studio in Nottinghamshire. I moved here from Manchester last November and I’m temporarily working in the spare room, while I convert a dilapidated, garden outhouse into my new workspace!

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What 10 words describe a typical day in your studio?

Emails, double shot espresso, designing, sewing, emails (again!), Post run.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I’m currently putting the finishing touches to my new collection, which will launch next spring. It’s inspired by California, where I spent my honeymoon last year. Think muted sunset hues and bold textured motifs; I can’t wait to share sneak peeks soon.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

Unfortunately I was unable to attend last years, but friends who did visit said how inspiring it was.

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

I’ll be selling cushions, tea towels, mugs, tote bags and stationery in a variety of patterns and colours. I’ll also be bringing my new Hemlock Midnight Cushions along. These don’t officially launch until September, but visitors of SAT will have the opportunity to get their hands on a select few first!

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

The Masonic Hall on Tatton Road Venue A.

Tell us something we don’t know

I have developed my own bank of colours to use in my designs. For example, the mustard in my Imperial Diamond Mustard and Hemlock Midnight design originates from a friend’s mustard knitted jumper. This means I rarely use Pantone colours.




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