Sam Pickard set up her business in 1996, screen-printing beautiful nature-inspired designs onto interior fabrics and accessories. She also runs a series of Masterclass Workshops from her little studio, situated on North Devon’s rugged coastline.
What made you want to become a designer?
My family have a history of working as artisans and I am continuing in that tradition. The textile course I completed at Camberwell Art College was an inspiration. We learnt everything from the absolute basics of how to stretch a silk screen to block-printing and flocking.
What inspires you?
I always have my best ideas for new designs when I’m drawing. My sketchbooks are a store of ideas and I keep a record of any samples, materials and techniques that interest me, however scrappy or fragmented.
What makes your products special?
In this era of mass production and disposability, every one of my products is handmade with care, completely unique and made to last.
What do you love about the countryside?
I love the detail, particularly in plants. I’m inspired by the intricacy of structure and the subtlety of colour, whether it’s the delicate flower of the Bell Heather, the Golden Ratio of the bracts of a pinecone or a fragile Heart Urchin skeleton. I examine hundreds of plants and document them in my blog.
Describe your creative style in three words.
Graphic, natural and unique.