This weeks Style on The Run interview feature is with the lovely Sarah Wade. I love Sarah’s colourful patterns and illustrations and am sure you will too – please read on to find out more about this great artist.
1. Name, Location…
Sarah Wade, Ipswich, UK.
2. Please give a brief bio of your creative journey so far …?
From 2001-2004 I studied Graphic Design at Northampton University (specialising in Illustration). After graduating I went on to work for a stationery company in Milton Keynes, here I worked alongside some lovely people and learnt about the technical side of design.
After a year I moved to Suffolk to work for a company within the greetings sector. This employment involved designing gift-wrap and bags for UK suppliers.
In 2006 I spent 4 months in Venice (Italy) painting ceramics for a small company based in the centre of the city. It was a beautiful experience, and I learnt some really useful hand finishing techniques such as Gold Leafing, Crackle Glaze, Decoupage and Antiquing. In 2007 I decided to go freelance, and I now work from my home in Ipswich producing designs for children’s book, jewelry, gift-wrap, textiles, stationery, magazines and packaging.
3. Describe your work in 5 words…
Colourful, Graphic, Quirky, Bold, Organic.
4. Where does your inspiration come from for the lovely prints you design?
In the past I have been inspired by a really random mixture of things: Doilies, Hornsea Crockery, Russian Dolls, Retro album covers, 60/70’s, Vintage Wallpaper, Film Title Sequences (‘Catch Me If You Can’ has a great one), Tim Burton, Music Videos (Love: Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out). Textiles – especially Marimekko. Designers and Illustrators: Sarah Fanelli, Mary Blair, Tove Jansson, Lydia Monks, Julia Rothman, Sanna Annuka, Rob Ryan, Tord Boontje.
At the moment I am working on a collection called Folklore which is inspired by Scandinavian Folk Art.
5. What is your best resource?
http://kuler.adobe.com/ Great for online colour palettes.
6. Sarah, please tell us more about your fantastic work within Topshop stores!?
In June 2009 I had the opportunity to travel to Kuwait and Dubai with Topshop stores. Here I implemented a mural “Tropical Flamingo” which was 2×3 meters and embellished with gold leaf, sequins and buttons. Once the mural was complete I was involved in a press shoot where a number of local and regional newspapers and magazines attended. This was an experience in itself! After a few days in Kuwait shopping and seeing the sights I caught a flight to Dubai where I did the same again. The whole experience was great! I got to meet some lovely people, visit a part of the world I have never been to before and see my work in Topshop Stores!
7. Do you have any tips for anybody thinking about starting their own business?
Be organised from the start with paperwork (it makes things so much easier in the long run)
Attend free workshops on business start-up through Business-Link, and the Tax Office about keeping your accounts organised.
Be prepared to put the hours in. During my first year I was working 50+ hours a week.
Taylor your portfolio for each client meeting…. and don’t include anything you are not sure of.
9. FINALLY, would you like to take this opportunity to plug anything?!
I am currently in the process of setting up a number of online shops – Keep checking my blog for updates!