print designer & illustrator
Meet lovely Charlotte-Jade. An Illustrator and Print Designer who studied at Camberwell College of Art.
MY WORK: Aside from creating patterns and doing bespoke wallpaper, I also get a variety of illustration commissions. I have recently worked for Universal Record Label designing album artwork, created a whole new range of coffee packaging for Smith’s Coffee company and I’ve also been designing bespoke wedding stationery. These commissions mostly come through my website or through my name being passed on through clients or friends.
HOW I WORK: I mostly use pencil but I do also like to use paint sometimes and combining the two mediums adds real variety to my patterns. I then scan my drawings/paintings onto my computer and edit them digitally, playing around with colours and so on. These drawings then transpire into digital patterns. I love both hand drawing and digital design. I like being able to pick up a pencil and get my ideas and designs immediately onto paper, but I love being able to take my designs from 2D drawings into 3D objects.
WHAT INSPIRES ME: I’m primarily inspired by plants, foliage and animals when creating my patterns and draw a lot of influence from the beauty in nature. Fashion is another huge inspiration for me, as I love keeping up to date with styles from the runway and current fashion trends. I love spending the day visiting art exhibitions or wandering round the V&A looking at vintage prints.
FAVE ARTISTS/DESIGNERS: I love William Morris! His work is absolutely incredible - the detail in his designs is stunning and I love his creative patterns. Also, Timorous Beasties are a fantastic company and I love their design style and use of colour. Their detailed wallpapers and interiors are amazing. I also love the work of Kelly Smith. She is a fantastic fashion illustrator!
THINKING OF STUDYING A CREATIVE SUBJECT? Do it! It gives you time to experiment and try different avenues of design which maybe you never knew existed. Universities have fantastic facilities, you are guided by tutors with a huge wealth of knowledge and you are surrounded by other creative people, which is so inspiring and exciting.
STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS? Aim to STAND OUT! There are so many amazingly talented surface designers out there. Incorporate your own personal style into your designs.