This week, we interviewed Hazel Fisher from Hazel Fisher Creations. Based near Colchester, Essex in the UK. Her bright and colourful pattern designs are fun and playful and come in a range of styles - all beautifully hand drawn creations!
-What is your studio name and location?
My business name is Hazel Fisher Creations. I work from my home, in a village near Colchester, Essex
-When did you first start being interested in design?
Ever since I was little I have always enjoyed drawing and making things and I can remember wanting to be an artist from a very young age. I love taking an idea for a design from my imagination and turning it into a reality. My interest in surface pattern design grew after I started designing my own scrapbooking papers, I then discovered that I could sell my designs on fabric and I was hooked!
-Which design school did you study at (if you did)?
I studied Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.
-Describe your style for us in 10 words?
Detailed, colourful, hand-drawn, fun, inspired by nature, bright, varied.
-What is your favourite medium to work in and why? (Watercolour, gouache, fine liner pens).
I enjoy combining traditional and digital mediums- using fineliner pens (to be able to draw in detail), watercolours (for colour and texture) and digital art (for altering colours and arranging patterns).
-What / who are your major influences?
Many things around me provide inspiration for my work, such as my pets, garden, nature, architecture and history. Often, I get ideas from things I have seen in magazines, online or on television. A few weeks, ago I saw a programme on Islamic gardens and found the patterns in the tiles fascinating. I have always loved patterns by William Morris, I love the detail and flowing nature of his designs.
-What are you working on at the moment?
Recently I have been enjoying experimenting with geometric watercolour patterns and am working on developing a range of these designs. I am also working on some new dinosaur patterns, with colourful stegosauruses!
-What music do you listen to while designing?
I usually listen to Radio 2 while working, enjoying a variety of music. When I've not got the radio on you will often hear me playing Lissie, The Pierces, George Ezra, Abba or the soundtrack to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!
-What is your favourite part of the design process from inspiration, drawing to the final printed fabric/product?
I enjoy all parts of the design process from sketching out ideas and researching to drawing, painting and designing patterns. It is always exciting to see my designs printed on fabric and products too!
-What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
One day I would love to see my designs appear on products in the high street or a large retail store. For now, my aim is to continue growing my collection of designs and the range of products they appear on.
-What tips would you give new designers starting out?
My advice for new designers is to keep practising and developing your skills (although I think that applied to everyone, not just new designers), there are lots of resources online to help too. Don't be afraid to try new things; to experiment with techniques, styles and subject. Also, I think it is important to have personal projects to work on just for fun. Sometimes these can grow into something more, but it's good to create just for yourself too; to remember why you love designing without the worry of whether anyone else will like it, or if it's 'good enough' because we all have times of self-doubt!
I also find it helps having a diary and plan for the week to keep productive and organised. There's a lot involved with running a creative business, not just the designing side of it - like promotion, account, paperwork, time spent uploading designs to the sites I sell on etc. I find having a plan for the week helps keep all these things in balance because they are all important.
Thanks Hazel for sharing your creative journey and insights to your business - aswell as sharing all those useful tips! We look forward to seeing more bright and beautiful designs in the future.
You can visit her shop and purchase her designs on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap today at:
Instagram : @hazel_fisher_creations
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