Category Archives: Surface Design

Claire Ritchie

Claire Ritchie is a designer/maker based in Melbourne, Australia, who designs surface patterns and hand crafts a small collection of accessories and clothes. Her love for vintage items and fabrics has also played a big part in her design aesthetic, with inspiration being drawn from the bold and vibrant colors. On an interview with Ball Pit Magazine she says this about her work:

“I try to keep things really simple as well as bold and colourful. The fabrics I produce are all digitally printed, but I get asked all the time if its screen printed. I think my patterns carry an essence of screen printing which I love, because I really miss printing!”

“I think art is how a lot of people communicate and express themselves. It can be hard to put your thoughts and feelings into words. Art allows us to put something out into the world in our own way. If i need to take some time out from the noisy world i definitely retreat to my drawings. Art makes you stop and think about the smaller things, the things you can miss if you get caught up in the craziness in the world.”

You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Claire Ritchie.

Suzanne Sullivan

Suzanne Sullivan is an Oregon-born ceramist now living and working in Brooklyn where she creates textile, jewelry, pottery, and ceramics. We love her ceramic pieces with its rough surfaces and contrasting geometric patterns. On The Star Whisperer she relates this about herself:

“I like the idea of the artist as a kind of design factory, prepared to tackle all kinds of issues, whether they be extraordinary or mundane.”

“I like the things in our every day world that are not mass-produced, things that have fingerprints on them. At home, I collect twigs and sticks and nests, special rocks, pieces of small nothings from the natural world, and a lot of times, my ceramics become vessels for these things.”

You can follow the artist on Facebook and view more of her work on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Suzanne Sullivan.

Sarah Campbell Designs

Loving these dolls created by UK based textile designer, Sarah Campbell, who has spent most of her lifetime creating patterns. Love of patterns, colors and hand-painted designs are the hallmarks of her work. The dolls are handmade with prints designed in the 60’s and 70’s by
Sarah Campbell and her sister, Susan Collier. Each doll is decorated with a tiny patchwork heart.
On Selvedge Magazine she says this about herself:

“I began working in fabric design as a teenager – in the very first place, I got started by going to help my older sister, Susan Collier, when she became busy painting patterns for Liberty and Richard Allen Scarves in the early ’60s. We went on to work together for 50 years making designs for textiles, wallpapers and other surfaces and converting cloth; we co-founded the original company Collier Campbell in 1979/80. Since Susan’s death in 2011, I’ve built a company under my own name painting new patterns and developing new areas of work. “

“Textiles are designed to be used – and we always painted our patterns with their end-use in mind. I have cloth and images to hand and plenty of ideas – so creating a line of goods seemed a natural development. I really enjoy hand-painting fabrics, scarves, hankies, papier-maché animals, and I love making things. I know people love colour and pattern – and decoration is second nature to me!”

You can view more of her work and purchase her designs on her website.

Images: Courtesy of Sarah Campbell.