MEET | Emily Wills, Creative Director, SURFACE 1°22
We caught up with one of the latest additions to CTF, local print designer Emily Wills of SURFACE 1°22.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO ‘FASHION’?
I studied Fashion Design at Curtin University, with a minor in printed textiles. In my various manifestations, I’ve worked as a fashion designer, arts educator and printed textile designer. I loved the art making focus of textile design and have moved from screen to digital printing as it’s a fantastic medium to build on from art making by hand. My design philosophy moves printed textiles to the periphery of fashion design where it overlaps with product and surface pattern design. I’ve been working as a freelance print designer for four years now.
WHERE DO YOU FIT INTO THE TCF VALUE CHAIN?
SURFACE 1°22 is a multifaceted enterprise. We create bold surface pattern designs that are available for purchase or for licensing and run workshops and short courses in surface pattern design. Collaborating with fashion brands around the globe, SURFACE 1°22’s print designs have featured in swim, resort and active-wear collections globally.
We design and sell original artwork to create beautiful digitally printed textiles and patterned surfaces for both the home and fashion industries. We have designed wallpapers, and have just launched a collection of framed wall textiles in collaboration with a local lighting designer. We love, love, love working on new projects with multi-disciplinary businesses.
Launch date for our ‘Aveira’ collection is September 10th. Keep an eye out for our modern take on nautical stripes in a colour palette of peony, sherbet and dusk blue. Small selections of my designs are available for purchase on a variety of fabrics via Next State Digital Print.
In my ‘spare’ time I manage the SURFACE 1°22 Design School which offers hands-on workshops and short courses in surface and textile design. We offer intimate workshops, introductory classes and short courses for participants of all abilities.
In October I will be delivering our Textile and Surface Pattern Design short course across eight evenings. This course was developed to simplify and demystify the digital design process, with an emphasis on art making by hand, and using Adobe Creative Suite to create repeat patterns.
RECOMMEND 5! WHO/WHAT/WHERE ARE YOUR LOCAL TEXTILE & FASHION GO TO’S?
I’m listing my local textile design crushes. I admire these national design businesses so much, such a talented bunch! I particularly how these designers move between disciplinary boundaries, from graphic design to illustration, photography to home interiors.
1. Louise Jones
Louise Jones creates richly detailed artwork for custom fabrics and wallpapers. She blows my mind! Her original artwork is characterised by bursts of colour, botanical motifs and contemporary, clean lines which merge photography with watercolour painting and intricate drawings.
2. Eliza Sullivan
Created by textile designer Eliza Sullivan, Mosey Me is a homewares label featuring bold, hand painted illustration. Her tableware is ultra-modern and her mood and pinterest boards an ongoing source for design inspiration.
3. Bianca Vallentine
Bianca Vallentine creates unique, one-of-a-kind and handmade objects for the home and fashion industries. With a background in Fashion Design, her current focus is a collection of hand painted bed linen.
4. Patricia Braune
Patricia works in black and white to design bold illustrative floral studies which are digitally coloured for new projects. With a background in graphic design, these designs have been featured across the globe on a range of products and surfaces. Mega-crush.
5. Lauren Elise Cassar
Lauren’s large scale prints reflect her love for traditional art making processes and abstract textile designs. Her garments are hand-made in Australia and feature oversized silhouettes, wrapping and tied finishes. Deluxe.