Angie Lewin

Printmaker – Painter – Designer

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I came across Angie Lewin whilst researching online. What first struck me to her designs was the flower forms. I love how different shapes can make up what we percieve to be a flower but  is very different to the stereo typical drawing of a flower. This has similarities to some of Lucienne Day’s work for example dandelion clocks, and also a more contemporary artist i have been looking at called rebecca Stoner.

Whilst looking further into Angie Lewin i found some screen prints she had done using only two colours. I thought these tied in quite nicely as the big screen print we are currently doing will only be 2 colours also. The cushions she had designed gave me an idea of what our prints might look like with just the 2 colours.

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Lucienne Day

Along with 2 other female designers, Lucienne Day became one of the pioneers of contemporary design in the 1950’s. Her distinctive linear motifs and abstract patterns based on plant forms as well as the bold blocks of colour were loved by many. The optimistic message behind her designs was the reason for her success. Calyx was exhibited at the Festival Of Britain and was the first design that brought her fame.


This is one of the most well known Lucienne Day Designs however there is a few things that I don’t particularly like about it. I really like the shapes but he pattern is too busy for me. The pattern design was repeated in a variety of colours but as they signified the war they were all too dark and dull.

I prefer her designs with either just one solid background colour and the designs in black like ‘dandelion clocks’.

My other favorites are the designs with just 2 or 3 colours but that compliment each other.

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Rebecca Stoner

Rebecca Stoner is  one of my favourite surface pattern designer. Based in York, she creates pattern for wallpapers, fabrics, staitionary and more.


I really liked how delicate her designs looked. The colours she uses are generally pastel colours which emphasise the delicacy of her patterns. I also like the way her designs look quite cartoony. By this i mean a lot of her stars and flowers have curved soft edges rather than the typical straight edge. She starts her designs by hand drawing, usually in fineliner. This is something which i typically do also.

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Rebecca’s starting point for a new project is also to research themes and trends which she then uses to create mood boards. She begins drawing in her sketch book which she then scans in to work into further on Photoshop or illustrator.

Her inspirations tends to come from things she has seen when out and about walking. In an interview for terrys fabric she talked about how she enjoys being around other creative people as it helps her feed off their creativity and energy.

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Rihanna Ellington

Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern designer who graduated from Leeds College of Art in 2013.

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  • Her designs are inspired by colour and contrast
  • She starts her design projects by visiting museums and archives.
  • She describes herself as having a natural curiosity which help her to collate inspirational objects to work from. An example of this is the flowers she collects which are then dried out and pressed.
  • In her recent work she has worked with digital manipulation of natural history and botanic
  • I am interested mainly in her colour palette.  She uses combinations of blues, greens, pinks and purples which are quite unsettling in some ways. The clashing colours and layering of images are almost holographic giving the illusion the designs are floating.

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Hannah Rampley

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  • Her work is inspired by nature, fruits, vegetables and natural forms. She also uses bright and unexpected colours which together form the definition of her unique style.
  • All of her designs are hand screen printed.
  • She frequently uses Mood boards for inspiration, colours, shapes, ideas and much more – This is something I think would really benefit me and may help spark new ideas.

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Wendy Kaye

Wendy Kaye is a surface pattern and fabric Designer.  I came across her work in the latest edition of the Elle Decoration magazine. It was initially the colours on the cushion prints that caught my eye. These are clearly modern colours which along with the black over lay of shapes make it very contemporary.

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  • She uses a combination of block colours overlaid by simple, linear patterns. I really like how she uses a small colour palette consisting of muted greys or greens, along with a bolder colour, which in this case is yellow. She also includes black in her design which, feel adds depth and boldness to her pattern.
  • After doing some further research into Wendy Kaye she talks about how she loves to play with shapes and colour. Being someone who lacks confidence in using colour, I feel this is something that would be very beneficial to me and help to inform what colours work best with what. Hopefully by doing this it will also give me a colour palette that I can work with myself.
  • Wendy’s inspiration comes from finding ‘mid-century gems’ at markets or charity shops. I think this is a great way of taking inspiration from unusual found objects and using them to influence your work. This could be in the form of colour, shape, texture etc. Doing the task where we had to buy something from the market to draw from really helped inform my ideas for drawings. It also made me think about doing something as simple as that could progress into looking at shape compositions. From now on I am definitely going to keep an eye out for interesting objects, which could spark new ideas.
  • Another influence of Wendy Kaye is Scandinavian design, which I shown in her patterns. She creates these very simplistic drawings with minimal colour and prints them onto fabrics used for everyday objects like cushions, lampshades or paper products.

Roisin Johns – Visiting Lecture – 23rd October

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Roisin Johns graduated from Leeds College of Art in 2013 and has recently just completed her Masters at Central St. Martins in material Futures.

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I found it very interesting to listen to what she had to say about how she got to where she is now. She has been through the education process that we are currently pursuing so it was good to hear her view and for us to be given some advise to help us in our tracks.

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Some points i noted from her talk included:

  • Keep up to date with the latest trends and exhibitions
  • Keep the quality throughout
  • Photograph everything well
  • Remember the reason behind why your doing what your doing
  • Be confident with your work and OWN IT!
  • Think about where i want to be after the 3 years
  • Think about who i want to work with
  • Use every opportunity to try out workshops