Designer of the week: Esmee Buckle
This week, we interviewed Esmee Buckle from Esmee Buckle Designs. Based in the countryside near Cambridge in the UK. Her natural patterns made us want to discover more about her work process:
- What is your studio name and location?
I am based in the Cambridge countryside and work from home in my own studio, which my sister calls crumpet corner.
- Which design school did you study at (if you did)?
I graduated from Norwich University of the Arts in 2016, where I achieved a First Class BA Honours Illustration Degree.
- When did you first start being interested in design?
I have been interested in design all my life. As a child I visited so many museums, gallery's and stately homes, I was so amazed at all the patterns and colours and always said to myself that I wanted to be able to do that. I knew the best way to learn was to completely amerce myself in that world!
- Describe your style for us in 10 words?
Bright, colourful, botanical, lively, fresh, clean and bold.
- What / who are your major influences?
As an illustrator my work always has a narrative behind it. Each of my designs have a story to tell, what I'm reading, watching or listening to hugely effects what I am creating.
I was given a book for my birthday titled "Bitten By Witch Fever" by Lucinda Hawksley, it is a beautiful book which recounts true historical stories about the use of arsenic in wallpaper the in Victorian period. The beautiful pictures have definitely inspired some of my newer work but as a pattern designer I look up to some of the classic design artists, William Morris, Josef Frank and Cole & Son.
- What are you working on at the moment?
This summer I have gathered together lots of inspiration and am at the beginnings off a new project, but in all honesty, I don't know what it is going to become yet. Getting started is always the hardest part of any new project but I'm feeling confident!