Friday, 26 April 2013

Alice Perry Designs

It's Follow Friday!

Alice Perry Designs is small studio based in Devon, UK designing surface pattern designs.  The designer behind the studio is none other than Alice Perry herself.  Alice Perry Designs currently has a collaboration with Wallpapered.com and Art2Start.  Alice creates whimsical, hand-drawn & illustrative imagery which is then manipulated digitally.  Alice has a lovely doodle signature design style.

You can also find Alice on Facebook and follow her on twitter @AliceCperry.  Alice also has a blog sharing inspiration, photography, drawings, designs and more.



Have you always wanted to be a surface pattern designer?

I can’t say I’ve always specifically wanted to be a surface pattern designer but I’ve been creative ever since I can remember, always doodling patterns and drawing.  It was a  few years ago whilst studying that I managed to pin point my passion for surface pattern.

How have you got to where you are now?

As I said before I’ve always been naturally creative. After School I enrolled at Art College where I completed an AVCE in Art and Design, which is the equivalent to a level qualifications. I later studied for my BA hons in Fashion Design where I learnt all about Illustration and design right through to pattern cutting and production. In my final year my passion for print and surface pattern grew and grew and I specialised in print and illustration. This process confirmed that surface pattern was the route for me to go down. Last year I took the prestigious e-course run by Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls, this course enhanced my skills and made me realise my dreams to become a freelance surface pattern designer.

What inspires you?

My inspiration can come from everywhere. I love to go out and about and take my camera, where I can find inspiration for pattern and colour in what I see around me. Quite a lot of my inspiration comes from nature, I’m drawn to birds and most things floral! 

What motivates you?

Motivation comes easy to me, as I’m doing what I love. I’d say I have a real motivation to succeed and feel proud of what I do. Like everyone I have days when you feel like a tiny speck in the big wide world, but you can do anything if you put your mind to it. 

How do you start a new project/design?

I always start a new project or design drawing in pencil in my sketch book, I might be working from inspiration that I’ve found or I start doodling and things begin to develop. I then use pen and ink to turn my pencil drawing into a strong linear image. I later scan my work into my mac, and begin to develop the design in Illustrator and Photoshop, playing with colour, scale and repeat.

What do you enjoy most about design?

The thing I enjoy most about design is the freedom to be creative, to be able to come up with new ideas. To then see your flat design on a final product like a greetings card or even wallpaper is so exciting!

Do you have a favourite design that you have created?

It’s hard to select a favourite design, I find I have favourite collections. For example I like a lot of design’s from my ‘Cottage Garden’ collection, I think my roses designs are one of my favourites. 

Do you have any of your designs on products?

I have designs on greetings cards and wallpaper and am currently setting up a collection of cushions. One day I’d love to also have designs on lamp shades, bedding, tea towels.... I could go on, I just love home ware!

What is your typical day like?

A typical day is usually waking up and whilst having breakfast I go online and have a look at some of my favourite blogs such as Print&Pattern, this keeps me up to date on what’s happening in the world of surface pattern design. I then like to check my emails, make phone calls or respond to anything important. As I love a list I usually then set up what I’m going to do that day, this stops me getting distracted or spending too much time on one thing. A day could include designing new ideas for personal projects, designing for a licensing deal or creating new initial drawings for future work. 

What medias do you like to use?

I really like to use a mix of media’s form pen and ink to software such as Illustrator and Photoshop. I also love to use watercolours and Winsor and Newton inks, as they provide such vibrant colours, I love the effect and the way you can be so free with them. 

What do you hope that 2013 will bring for you?

I hope in 2013 I can keep growing and succeeding in my business. Hopefully taking on more exciting freelance and licensing projects. As well as developing more exciting products featuring my patterns...

Do you get a lot of support from family and friends?

I get a lot of support from family and friends, as well as my Fiancee. I don’t think I could do it without there support, I’m lucky that they understand what I do and what I want to achieve. 

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time?

In 5 years time I’d like to still see myself as a surface pattern designer growing and succeeding in my business, with my own home ware range. Most importantly to still be happy in what I’m doing.

Do you have a favourite illustrator, designer etc?

I have lot’s of favourite designers and illustrators ranging from the intricate and detailed work of William Morris to Orla Kiely with her simple but effective bold, graphic designs. Liz and Pip studio have really vibrant and gorgeous designs too. 

Favourite blog?

My favourite blog has to be Bowie style’s Print and Pattern, I’ve been lucky enough to be featured on here twice. It’s such an inspirational blog full of designers who are well known to new designers just starting out in their career.

Favourite design book?

One of my favourite design books is called Naive ‘Modernism and folklore in contemporary graphic design’, its crammed full of colourful images and striking patterns. I also love Over and Over by Mike Perry, featuring designers initial hand drawings. I love this book as I always start my designs with hand drawings, this book highlights the importance of this process rather than just having something designed purely on a computer. 

Anyone is welcome to get in touch with Alice for freelance/commission enquirers.

Thank you for your time Alice, I really appreciate it. If you'd like a feature and interview on this blog please email: hannahbyatt1990@hotmail.co.uk





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