It was a pleasure to have my recent wallpaper collection for Robin Sprong, featured on the Print and Pattern Blog Page. thank you so much for the feature!
Earlier in the year I have the pleasure of exhibiting my surface pattern work at Print Source, New York as an artist in residence post with Finch and Foxglove. It was not only great fun but it gave my work a global platform to present my work to a global audience.
I am very excited to be part of the group and now participating on an ongoing basis to their website, newsletters and social media post. If you would like to see more work from this talented group of women please hop over to the website and sign up with your email address to receive news and updates from Finch & Foxglove. You won't be disappointed.
I will be launching new textile collections and concepts for the home textile market with my agent Nerida Hansen Print & Textiles at Heimtextil, Frankfurt, Germany
JANUARY 10-13TH, 2017
Global Tribe is a taster of one of my bedroom textile solutions which is shown on the Nerida Hansen website. Nerida Hansen is a well respected textile agency based in Australia representing global international designers and I am truly excited and honoured to be represented by her agency.
The original idea behind my concept for the design Global Tribe Bedroom Collection was based on the fact that I am now part of a Global Textile Tribe showing at International shows such as Premiere Vision, Paris, Heimtextil, Germany and PrintSource, New York. I am very much looking forward to being part of the international textile community in this way and I am delighted to be represented by such great agency which is Nerida Hansen, Print and Textiles based in Australia.
Please check it out! http://www.neridahansen.com.au/artistscollect…/adrienne-kerr
After a very busy few months preparing designs for Premiere Vision, Paris the work is now done and dusted and the prints are now on their way for the show which starts on Monday. Phew.. what a relief. It's always a great feeling of achievement when the work is complete.
If you are lucky enough to be in Paris next week please pop along to Premiere Vision. Its a creative hot spot buzzing with new cutting edge ideas for the fashion scene. It's awash with international buyers and fashion designers from all over the globe.
My prints will be available for purchase from
Design Hall, Stand 5W36 43
Here is a sneak peak...
I am heading to Paris again in September as a member of the Collect Scotland design squad. My print preparation is well underway and I have been working extremely hard on an exciting trend lead collection for Spring Summer 2017.
Its always so difficult to decide on a print direction to design too but I was recently inspired by a drawing trip to The Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh which lead to me creating a range of new botanical & vintage floral design prints which have since been produced by wallpaper manufacturer Eades Bespoke. Sneak peek below:
I have continued with this theme and have been developing exotic Botanical & Vintage Botanical Trend led prints for the fashion & homeware market. Look out for my Tropical Escape Palms & Vintage Botanical Blooms if you are visiting Premiere Vision, they are with the Collect Scotland stand from 13th Sept - 15th Sept 2016 Stand
www.eadesbespoke - Luxury Bespoke Wallpaper Manufacturer, UK
www.collectscotland.co.uk - Collect Scotland was created to highlight and strengthen the talent of textile designers in Scotland. They exhibit as a group annually at Premiere Vision, Paris
www.premiervision.com - Textile Design Trade Show, Paris
Eades Bespoke began with an interest in the traditional hand painted Chinoiserie in the stately homes of Britain. From this point on they developed their luxury wallpaper & wallcovering business by tracking down designers/artists in the UK whom they felt were a good fit with their ethos to create special & unique surface pattern designs for Eades Bespoke to use as luxury wallcoverings.
I have been so fortunate and thrilled to have been chosen to collaborate as a designer with Eades Bespoke, supplying a selection of my designs to form part of their collection.
I have designs in the flora & fauna section on their site from my "Thai House' range and a lovely grouping of children's designs from my "two by two" collection in the little people's wallpaper section. Please head over to their site to check them out!
Eades produce and supply the following products and services; all designed and manufactured in the UK:
Hand Painted wallpaper
Printed luxury wallpaper.
Fabric wall coverings.
Artwork both originals and prints.
This is just a short blog notice to flag up that my work will be with Collect Scotland Team in Paris on 16th, 17th & 18th February. I will be submitting forty designs which range from yummy children's prints which are based on a Nordic Winter theme to prints which are quite abstract and suitable for fashion & homeware.
Do pop by the stand to be tempted by the designs which I have on show and to also view the other beautiful work on offer from the other extremely talented designers who are part of the Scottish collective "Collect Scotland" Go Team Scotland!
Collect Scotland at :
Premiere Vision, Hall Five, 5Y30 Great Britain
Beautiful Zurich sits in the heart of Europe and bang in the middle of Switzerland, it is easy to travel to be air, train, public or private transport. You arrive at the airport knowing that you have arrived somewhere "special". Set amongst a dramatic natural setting with a lake running through the centre and white capped mountains in the background it almost feels like you have been transported to a fairy tale. During the few days I was in Zurich I was fortunate to have a special day learning how to make pasta, not necessarily a Swiss dish but certainly a colourful experience which I am happy to have taken part in.
"Times Zurich" Its a wonderful restaurant which I would highly recommend anyone to visit if they find themselves in Zurich of course. The restaurant itself is a designers dream as everything looks like it has been there forever despite the fact that it has only been open a year. Giovanni Melis the chef and owner has many years of experience as a chef and has a hotel/restaurant in Sardinia called The Lighthouse and he has hosted and cooked for many A listers and their pets in this hotel.
Giovanni is as lovely as his restaurant and he kindly set out to teach a small group of us to make some of his signature pasta dishes. To be honest its really quite an art, which takes time and patience and is definitely not as easy as Giovanni makes it look. There are certain tools which you need to make the pasta but generally it is all done with the skilled touch of the hand and the knowledge of the maker. As a designer I have a strong appreciation of the years of skill and hard graft that it takes to reach this point of success in Giovanni's life.
Thank you Giovanni Mellis for a wonderful day making pasta at Times-Zurich Switzerland, I will return one day! In the meantime I'm contemplating making some fresh pasta of my own.
Times Ristorante and Smith Bar, Gasometerstrasse 7
8005 Zürich Tel: +41 (0) 44 211 99 77
Sardinia, is a polished gemstone of an island in the Mediterranean Sea off Italy, it has nearly 2,000 km of coastline, sandy beaches, azure blue seas and a mountainous interior which is truly breathtaking.
I have visited the island twice now and all I can say is that it is a designers dream, full of old style charm, wonderful bold colours & textures, dazzling beaches & coastlines, vibrant zingy floral gardens and wonderful culinary home grown produce from the mouth watering juicy watermelons to the freshly picked pomegrantates.
It also seems to be a hugely sustainable island, with its home grown produce, small footprint of commercialism with so many of their own products made locally. I particularly liked the olive oil soaps which I purchased from a market vendor and some delicious raison steeped in some equally delicious alcoholic potion.
My Sardinian Collection tries to convey my concepts of the bright happy colours of the environment and the quirkiness of the shapes and textures. It's a taster collection of my love for this beautiful island, with its small garden terraces with overflowing flower pots, patio gardens, cobble stones underfoot, blue skies up above, sparkling coastlines, bobbing boats, historical narrow streets and fascinating culture. Thats just for starters!
I'm sure this is just the first in a series of Sardinian influenced patterns which I will create. It's great to share my travels with you through my photograph's, drawings and patterns.
Starting a new project is the most fun part I think, long before any prints are constructed. Its an exciting and interesting process which is an almost magical experience. I never really "truly" know what my results are going to be or more to the point if I will like them! I try not to have pre-conceived ideas of what will develop and let the spirit of creativity take its course.
I think developing confidence is key to this and I have to admit that this is the element of creativity that has held me back for FAR too long now, but I absolutely don't let it get in the way now as I want to be able to enjoy my creativity rather than be daunted by it. This is just a snapshot of how I start. I actually don't think too much about the pattern construction at this stage. The most important element at this point is that the story of the collection feels interesting, relatable and my research is authentic and fun. This is something which I learned while completing my research for my MA in Fashion & Textiles at Heriot Watt University last year.
As well as the tale behind the collection the colour palette is of huge importance to me and can really alter the mood and tone of the work. This is just a quick snap shot of some tear sheets for my pinboard of my Vintage Arc Collection which I called "Two by Two" and initial little naive pencil sketches which I later vectorised and coloured up in illustrator.
|The final patterns collections can be viewed on my main surface pattern web site. http://www.adriennekerr.co.uk
Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes and all colours of the rainbow. I am most inspired when I am travelling and I am seeing new environments for the first time. Travel for me like most people is a luxury to be savoured but travel I feel can simply be a lovely day out locally and noticing all manner of things.
I have recently have been lucky enough to spend a week in Sardinia, a beautiful unspoilt island off the coast of Italy and my main inspiration that came from my week spent there was the beautiful vibrant colours of not only the plants, vegetation and landscape but the vibrant colours of the buildings.
These colours will definitely influence me when I am working on new designs as they are a ray of rainbow colours which are uplifting and joyous and that can be a good thing on a grey day.
Whenever I start a project or begin a pattern collection I gather research like most designers do. I like to keep my research quite simple and straight forward. Once I have decide on the "rough" subject matter for my pattern collection, the first thing I do is grab my camera and head out into the world.
It is so refreshing to do this as it's great to get out into the fresh air and feel part of the planet especially as the life of a designer can be quite a solitary one especially if you work on your own as I do and you never know what gems of ideas that you will return home with.
My starting point is to take pictures of things that look vibrant, colourful and with plenty of light and shade. I am addicted to pattern so I'm always looking for pattern in nature, buildings, clothes and food!
This lily pond was taken at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and it helped me work out a colour palette and the type of things I wanted to group together and explore for my Thai House Pattern Collection which is displayed on my main site.