This east London-based designer’s delicately detailed wallpapers, fabrics and etched pieces of furniture are all inspired by the British countryside, as well as a desire to make pieces that will be treasured
Heath’s morning cycle to his studio, located in a Victorian warehouse in Hackney, east London, is an important start to his day. It takes him along the local canal paths and over the marshes, putting him in the right frame of mind to create his delicate patterns.
For his next theme, he is exploring invasive species. ‘I’m looking at the flora and fauna that are flourishing in this country because they don’t have any natural predators,’ he explains. Initially, Heath’s patterns begin as hand-drawn images that are photocopied or scanned before being constructed into a repeat and silk screen printed. He then adds to the design with a chinagraph pencil to create shaded, textured marks.
As he prints his work himself, Heath is able to create bespoke designs for clients that incorporate something personal. He was recently working on an etched panel featuring birds for a bathroom and chose to add in ones that visited the homeowner’s garden every day. Another client wanted their design to include five different birds to represent the members of their family. ‘ When you make something bespoke, you know that every time they look at it they are going to feel something,’ he says. ‘I want people to engage with the narrative as well as the image.’ danielheath.co.uk
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