A jewellery and surface pattern designer and the creative force behind Slumbermonkey Designs, this month we are shining the Patternmash Designer Spotlight on Lindsay Buck.
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Q. Did you formally train as a textiles designer or are you a hobbyist turned professional?
A. I always knew I wanted to do something Art and Design based as a career but that notion has taken me in lots of different directions over the last 20 or so years. An art ‘O’ level (yes I am that old!) was one of my options at school and I decided to continue with an ‘A’ level. I was keen to continue post 16 but unsure what to do. On a visit to Great Yarmouth College of Art and Design (sadly it no longer exists) I came across Surface Pattern and that was it! Textiles were my new love. I completed a BTEC National Diploma and then when on to do a BA (Hons) in Printed Textiles at Loughborough College of Art and Design. However, that was 1992 and it’s taken me all this time to come back to design. (continued below)
A cont. After graduating I found it hard to make money as a freelancer and ended us as a Visual Merchandiser and spent almost 10 years working in retail. Always at the back of my mind was a burning desire to be creative and with this in mind I decided to train as an art teacher. I then spent the next 10 years as a Head of Department in a Secondary school. Just over a year ago I decided enough was enough, teaching has taken its toll so I took a step back and started afresh!
Q. Where do you gather ideas and inspiration for your textiles and jewellery designs? What are your favourite magazines and/or blogs?
A. I get inspiration from loads of different places. Pinterest is brilliant for collating themes. I also like to take photos wherever I am. One of my loves Is mid-century design, especially Henry Moore textiles, so I am always on the lookout for books or postcards on the subject. I also love Sonia Delaunay’s work; she was a true pattern pioneer. Print and Pattern is a great blog to follow for what’s happening now.
Q. How far do your rural surrounding influence your design work? Are you a country girl at heart?
A. I love using organic forms in my work. Not necessarily recognisable but certainly fluid and plant like. I live in rural Norfolk and walk my dog in fields every day. I’m always seeing textures, shapes and pattern in my natural environment.
Q. What has been your favourite Patternmash project and why?
A. I have loved all the Patternmash themes as they really get me thinking creatively. My favourite so far though has been Flora Gigantes, as it allowed be to explore my world of fantasy and imagination using organic, exaggerated forms.
Q. How do you begin to design your prints? Do you keep a sketchbook where you draw and doodle or do you design directly onto the screen? Do you use a graphics tablet?
A. I love to draw and doodle, mainly in pen and fine liner and get lots of my ideas this way. When I decided to go back to designing I had to relearn everything! When I was at college everything was paper based so I had to teach myself Photoshop. I still prefer the “hand drawn” look so scan and manipulate my drawings to create my designs. I have also invested in a graphics tablet, which has been great fun to play around with.
Q. You often include fantastical little plants and childlike shapes in your designs, as though inspired by a secret garden. What would be your dream context/company to design for?
A. I love Marimekko! Their use of pattern is amazing. I also love Paperchase and it would be my dream to have a range of my designs on their products.
Q. Please share with us a piece of advice or a favourite quote that you live by.
A. I know it sounds like a cliché but I think my story really demonstrates the saying “It’s never too late”. I also have a Pinterest board for inspirational quotes and one that resonates for me is by CS Lewis:
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”