In the design world, it's not uncommon for something to start with a drawing. But at a wallpaper and textile company launched last year, founder Melinda Marquardt takes that to an extreme. "Absolutely everything begins with an original artwork," says Marquardt, who worked for textile company Fabricut before going out on her own.
In her London studio, Marquardt produces tons of drawings and paintings, working in everything from charcoal to watercolor ink to achieve a wide range of texture. Then, she scans her work into Photoshop, where she combines different drawings and creates repeats to make motifs for wallpaper and fabric.
The designer gets much of her inspiration from travel: The standout pattern from her debut line is a black-and-white lion's face. Marquardt drew the lion based on a photo she snapped on safari, then framed it in a textured oval and repeated it in a stripe pattern alternated with flowers to create
On any given day, Marquardt's studio inspiration board is brimming with travel photos, artwork, and color swatches, which she references while drawing. "It gives me an idea of what has inspired me over the past six months," the designer says. "It's a really nice way to map it out."
Though these drawings will eventually be turned into repeats and printed, Marquardt doesn't strive for perfection in her work—far from it. "Every single mark on that fabric is a direct translation of the strokes of my brush," she says. 福彩便民中心开机号"In the final product, you do see those gobs of ink." Including these irregularities—as well as different sheens derived from different pen and ink types—is part of what sets The Vale apart. "I think the lack of control over how the ink flows is kind of gorgeous," Marquardt says.
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