Hello! I’m Natalie. After being born in Yorkshire and spending my formative years both there and in Teesside, I moved to the Czech Republic in 2007. Originally a Fashion graduate from Leeds Arts University, I later came to realise my real passion lies in illustration, design and my love of patterns, so I chose to invest in myself and retrained in Surface pattern design.
As somebody who is not a Czech native, living here in Prague I have a unique and somewhat unusually romantic view of the country, which manifests itself in my work. I am influenced by Czech and Moravian folklore, historical architecture, art nouveau style and moreover by aspects of nature, the birds and animals that I see in my surroundings and throughout the country. I am also a big fan of 1960s Czechoslovak interior design and retro things in general.
I use my inspiration to create original hand drawn illustrations and motifs, which are then built up into layered patterns, which can subsequently be used to decorate a variety of surfaces. For my personal fabric collections , I use local print companies both here in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, both use excellent quality materials and produce high quality prints, I am pleased to say they also use environmentally conscious processes.
During warm sunny days, you can often find me sat on a bench in one of the local parks, sketching or taking photos, visiting flea markets or on trips around the country or bordering countries; in colder weather I like to visit art and design exhibitions or pop in to one of the many cosy haunts in my neighbourhood for a good bit of inspiration searching.