Our guest today on Dream Designs is Anna Dent a surface pattern designer and crafter based in London. Her 'Jugs and Mugs' design is featured below and she explains to us why she has chosen it as her Dream Design.
The design is called Retro Jugs & Mugs, and it's one that I did a while ago during the ABSPD course. It started with some quick sketches of jugs as I sat looking at ceramics made by my grandmother. I think it shows my love of retro/mid-century design but hopefully feels modern and fresh as well.Magpie are a company which I had never heard of until Anna pointed them out to me. They produce a number of super ranges of homeware products which would suit Anna's designs well, I can well imagine a tablecloth and matching tea towels to sit alongside the porcelain cup and saucer designs!
I would love to see this design on a range by Magpie. They are quite a new UK company, and I really love their ranges and their ethos. They are an ethical and responsible company, they work with fantastic designers and they even donate some of their profits to Cats Protection - a charity close to my heart! I collect art deco and 50s teacups and saucers (when space and the wallet allow) so I would love to have my own.
Trained in Fine Art, Anna is a recent graduate from the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design course run by Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls and has been designing patterns since 2011. Her style is fresh and simple with a strong retro influence and she is inspired by everyday household objects, florals and geometrics.
At the moment Anna is developing a growing range of homeware products featuring her designs, many of which she makes herself by hand. She also uses vintage fabric to create soft furnishings and accessories. You can buy handmade stationery featuring her illustrations and patterns from her Folksy Shop.
Please take some time to look at her portfolio and website here, and be sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter.