Bring the magic and textural elegance of the great outdoors into your home with nature-inspired textiles and wallpapers from artist and renowned stylist Abigail Edwards. We love her latest collection featuring beautiful hand-drawn illustrations of decorative feathers, rolling waves and twisted brambles.
Describe your design process.
Long! The seed of an idea can be in my head for years before the actual design comes about. I work in a tiny sketchbook, just doodling the same idea on and off for ages before I feel ready to start working on it life size. Everything I do is hand-drawn, so I just draw and redraw until I get it right.
What inspires you?
I grew up in a very rural area and spent a lot of my childhood reading fairy stories whilst surrounded by nature. A pheasant actually inspired my most recent design, ‘Bird’ (above, wallpaper £75 per roll, fabric £82/m). I moved back to Gloucestershire while my home in London was being renovated and he came to visit every day!
What do you love about what you do?
When I’m drawing I switch off from everything and feel really calm. It’s incredibly satisfying seeing my design develop into an actual product. Customers send me pictures of my wallpapers hanging in their homes, and I feel so grateful that they like them enough to live with them.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Moving out of London to somewhere rural and living in a big sun-filled house with a vegetable garden. I want to continue designing wallpaper and fabric and aim to expand into other areas as well, such as bed linen and more ceramics.
What do you love about the countryside?
Awareness of the seasons, wildlife, space, fresh air, star-gazing and woodland walks. I have insomnia in London but for some reason I can sleep in the countryside.
Sum up your creative style in three words.
Organic, illustrative and intricate.
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