Designer and author of a new book on ‘gentle’ design, Abigail Edwards discusses her love of calming prints and introduces the creatives who share her passion
Interiors stylist and author Abigail Edwards shares her love of mindful pattern, and introduces the contemporary designers to know
While she was a freelance stylist for interiors magazines, Edwards developed a love of pattern. Now, working from her London studio (alongside Claude the Whippet), she creates her own exquisite wallpapers and fabrics Having grown up in a very rural part of the Cotswolds, the delicacy of nature’s fragile shapes is incredibly inspiring to me. When I’m at my childhood home in Sheepscombe, near Stroud, I spend many hours walking my dog in the dense, ancient woodland that surrounds the village. The area’s gnarly old trees fascinate me; the history that is captured within their branches hints at legends and secrecy. Many of my designs attempt to capture their unsettling and eerie beauty.
I have made countless sketches of trees, feathers, leaves, plants and other random forest finds that sit in my sketchbook, waiting for the day when I will dip into it for research. Years might pass, but without intention or planning, a new thought will trigger a mental image, and then those drawings become relevant again, developing into a pattern.
In fact, drawing is my favourite part of the design process. I will repeatedly draw something until I’m content that it looks the way I imagined it. Detail is important to me, but I don’t like lines to appear too laboured – a little wabi-sabi is essential.
As I trained in fine art rather than textiles, I’ve taught myself how to create patterns in what I now realise is quite an impractical way, but this rambling approach works for me. I tend to find the less digital and more laborious, traditional methods of creating prints a more natural and far more enjoyable way to work. abigailedwards.com