What inspires me?
I find particular inspiration in the amazing patterns and textures found in nature, Art Nouveau, Cubism and geometric shapes. I'm compelled to find sequences and links between objects and patterns alike. At the moment I'm particularly taken with animals and the patternistic, mathatical qualities of the cube and creating a story from my imagination of how one image could flow and morph into the other, whilst still creating a covetable pattern.
Possibly due to the contrast of my life growing up on a farm in the beautiful, Cheshire countryside and then living London, I get particular satisfaction from morphing completely different, contrasting imagery into one another.
I always start with drawing and painting. I have always been particularly brilliant at verbal reasoning and seeing sequences, it's part of a learning condition I have, then when I was aged 20 I started morphing all of my ideas together just to get them out of my head and onto paper, creating an imaginary story behind the work as I drew. I then focus on a section of this long drawing and develop this on another tangent to meet my design brief. Say there was a hare in my initial flow of ideas, I would then focus on this by painting it first realistically, drawing it graphically, sketch it loosely; in all different styles and then try it in as many different textile techniques as possible, such as jacquard weave or print.
A great design is one that looks simple and is easy to wear, or easily fits into the home, and yet on closer inspection is intricate and complex and not at all easy to replicate. First hand studies are always unique to the artist’s interpretation, but I feel the most original and fun way to design is straight from the imagination.
My design background
I am a British based Fashion Designer, Textiles Artist, and Fashion Writer, who has been working in the Industry since 2006 on a freelance and consultancy basis, subsequently launching my own 'Lucinda Abell LAbell' in 2013. I graduated from The London College of Fashion with a 1st Class Honors Bachelors Degree in Fashion Design Technology in 2007.
I then continued my education with a Masters Degree in Printed Textiles from the Royal College of Art in 2010. I graduated with distinction and an acclaimed thesis on 'The Originality of Surface Textiles for Fashion', which had a strong focus on trend prediction. During my education I and was shortlisted for many coveted awards including, The SDC Society of Dyers and Colorists: Colour and Textiles Award 2007, Mittelmoda Italy: The Fashion Award in 2007, LG (Hausys): Eco Wallpaper Award 2009, The Daler Rowney: Drawing Award 2010, The Swarovski: Sponsership 2010.
What other projects I have been part of
I have had the pleasure to work with varied companies for both luxury markets and the high street, in fashion and in interiors. I have collaborated with The Creative Archives project based in Italy, designing and selling luxury printed, scarves. And have sold wallpapers worldwide as part of LG Hausys economically, printed, wallpaper collection. In 2012 to my delight my print designs caught the attention of Alexander McQueen and I was shortlisted for their Head of Print Design Position.
My Graham & Brown project
My Foxglove wallpaper for Graham and Brown’s New Wave collection is created from imitable hand paintings of foxgloves and bees in a trompe l’oeil style. These are inspired by the quest of original, affordable design and the idea of bringing the garden into the home. Originality evokes a similar response in our brains to seeing beauty, and we have this constant desire to seek it out.
Written By Lucinda
Looking at her exquisitely detailed Foxglove design, it’s probably no surprise to learn that Lucinda Abell is a practising fine artist. The meticulous flowers, with their tiny interspersed bees, are evocative of historical botanical illustrations, yet the lemon and lilac colour palette and play on scale through the repeat bring the design bang up to date. ‘The paintings of foxgloves and bees in a trompe l’oeil style are inspired by the idea of bringing the garden into the home,’ she says.
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