Anna from Anna Jayne Designs is a printed textiles designer from Buckinghamshire who specialises in screen printing and hand drawn floral illustrations. She graduated from University of Brighton in 2013, and works for a screen printing company while also running her print and accessories company. We interviewed her to find out more about working as a textiles designer after graduating from university.
Could you tell me a bit about yourself…
I work for a screen printing company as my 9 – 5 job but do not have the chance to draw and paint which I love to do. This is why I wanted to start my business up – Anna Jayne Designs. As you can see from my social media accounts, I like drawing flowers and hanging out with my fruit loop boxer Roxy.
What are your favourite fabrics to work with?
Through university I loved working on silk especially habotai. The colours were so vibrant and worked perfectly for my scarf collection. My current project I use mainly cottons but I am hoping to experiment more using Print & Press’s fabrics. I have started to design a cushion collection so I will be needing something more durable than what I usually work with.
You have recently started combining illustration with calligraphy, can you tell us about your inspiration for this?
I really enjoy drawing flowers because of all the lovely colours/shapes and they always seem to look pretty on the paper. I wanted to tie this in with something current like all the word art/calligraphy that I see around. My style isn’t clean graphic design so I wanted to add my own spin with all the painterly brush marks, inky lettering and bright florals. I spend a lot of hours on Pinterest/Instagram and take pictures of everything I like on my day to day routine which I feel is key with keeping inspired. Also I am at the age of friends getting married around me. My interest with florals and calligraphy seem to tie in nicely with working with them to create personalised wedding invitations and all the over bits that help make the big day.
Which artists or designers inspire you?
I love looking at work by William Morris. It always gives me ideas on my own work and all the possibilities of print and scale. That sort of style really collaborates well with someone else I love – Laura Ashley. The brand is so classic and elegant. If I had my way my whole house would be decorated in that style! Zandra Rhodes is another one. I fell in love with her work when I studied at school and even more so when we went to visit her studio in my Foundation Degree. Her style is very different to my work but I think that gives me more ideas and makes me push boundaries more. The colours thrown together are so wacky but so beautiful together.
Do you have any advice for students and recent graduates for finding a career in design?
Best advice is keep making contacts and when you do make sure they do not forget you. Keep your social media active or drop people emails so when a project comes up they think of you and how suited your work would be. My placement year was one of the most important part of my degree. If your course doesn’t offer that, go and find something yourself; most fashion houses/print studios take on interns.
Looking back at your work from the past few years, what are you most proud of?
The proudest moment that sticks in my mind is the bespoke fabric I made for one of my best friends for her wedding day. It all started just so it could match our bridesmaids shoes. In the end it was used for bunting, jam jars and table decorations. I was very proud to say yes I made that fabric!
Can you tell us about anything exciting you are working on at the moment?At the moment I am focusing on stock for my biggest craft farye to date. I have so many ideas and plans but I need to be realistic and focus. The main aim is to get my brand out there. Wish me luck!