DANIEL HEATH

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

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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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