Q&A Textile designer Natalie Laura Ellen

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?
I am a Surface Pattern Designer creating prints inspired by nature, stories and moments across a range of home textiles, gifts and stationery.
Much of the inspiration for my prints comes from exploring the flora and fauna of our British countryside. The plants that grow on my balcony garden and the wildlife they attract also have a big influence on my work.
My prints often start with sketched ideas, which I then develop using lots of different disciplines including hand drawn illustrations, painting and traditional techniques such as lino printing. Once my designs are ready I work them into repeat patterns digitally for a range of products.
What 5 words best describe your work?
Nature, wildlife, cosy, characterful, colourful
Do you have any design heroes?
Lucienne Day, William Morris, Josef Frank and many more including the amazing bunch of designer makers I have been lucky enough to meet since starting my small business.
Where is your studio?
I currently work between my spare room and dining room table, so I am quickly running out of space and constantly juggling boxes and falling over things. I dream of having a ‘proper’ studio one day (hopefully with slightly more space!)


Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
List making, designing, photography, editing, admin, social media, shop updates
Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
I have recently started putting together ideas for Spring / Summer 2019 using inspirations I have collected throughout the last year. I’m also excited to work on some bespoke orders including custom lampshades and wedding stationery.

What will you be selling at YULEDO? Anything new?
I will be bringing my new ‘Into the Forest’ collection of homewares along with lots of Christmas cards, wrapping paper and gifts – also hopefully some new wooden laser cut christmas decorations if they’re finished in time!
If you won £100 which artists work would you buy at YULE DO?   
I would buy a big plant pot and candle from the lovely Rebecca at White Light Ceramics.
Tell us something we don’t know
I have a small balcony garden in central Manchester where I grow lots of wildflowers, nasturtiums and edibles which attract bees, butterflies, birds and even the odd cricket in the summer months…

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