Q&A Petal Soup-Sue Deighton Textile Design


Who are you and what do you do?

I am a printmaker and surface pattern designer. I create motifs in print and manipulate these into pattern collections for use on homeware, fabric and stationery.

Tell us all about what you do? Materials? Processes?

I studied Fine Art Printmaking at Manchester Metropolitan University, where I focused on producing a series of mono screen prints inspired by land and seascapes. I use screen printing as my main medium to begin the design process. My patterns are then created using Photoshop and produced on manufactured products – aprons, tea towels, notebooks and greeting cards, all professionally printed in the UK.

What 5 words best describe your work

Mid-century inspired, bold, retro.

Do you have any design/art heroes?

Orla Kiely and Mid-century design are a huge influence on my work. I also love Liberty fabrics.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

A brew in my favourite mug, BBC Radio 6, ink.


Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?

I have recently started a collection of textile art pieces using a selection of my patterns printed on fabric, elements of which are then
embellished with embroidered and hand printed detail.

What will you be selling at the Artist Takeover ?

Aprons, tea towels, notebooks, pocket mirrors, greetings cards and framed pattern pieces.

Tell us something we don’t know
I design under the studio name of Petal Soup. The name originated from a combination of my love of floral pattern and a family nickname.





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