With everyone in her family either a writer or an artist, it was only a matter of time before Emily followed in their creative footsteps. In 2005 she set up her own business, designing cards and wrapping paper for Paperchase. Today, her quirky illustrative prints feature on fabrics, homewares and stationery and can be found gracing the shelves of stores including Liberty, Harrods and Fortnum and Mason.
Describe your design process.
I often begin with a simple pencil drawing. I like to draw from life so can usually be found capturing flowers in the garden. The next step is to experiment with colour – I like to have at least one eye-catching combination! Once I’m happy with the design it’ll go to the manufacturer before being worked onto big rolls of fabric or made up into products.
What inspires you?
I’m passionate about print, colour and pattern and take inspiration from a number of places. My work often stems from happy memories of sunny days spent in my Grandmother’s garden. She taught me all about flowers and plants when I was a little girl which rooted my love for the natural world.
Do you have a favourite design?
Yes, Fritillary (above, bottom right, £62 per metre) was one of my first and holds fond memories of my Grandmother. We planted fritillary bulbs in her garden, which didn’t appear until the spring after she passed away. It was so magical and such a lovely memory, so the design will always hold a place close to my heart.
What’s been your career highlight?
I started simply with paper designs, so the transition into fabrics was daunting. I’m really proud to have taken a leap of faith, it’s been so rewarding.
How would you describe your own interior style?
Ideally I’d live in a Zen temple with very little around! I just can’t seem to escape clutter, mainly due to my inability to throw away scraps of vintage fabrics collected over the years…
I’ve just launched my new Summertime collection, an array of designs inspired by the warmer months, from bobbing sailboats to soft country blooms. I love the cool contemporary Clouds fabric (above top, £62 per metre); it’s so fresh and crisp.
Sum up your creative style in three words.
British, quintessential and elegant.