MEET THE MAKER APRIL - Joanna Corney April 04 2016
Meet the Maker - Joanna Corney
After a little break post Christmas we're back with our 'Meet the Maker' series, this month we meet the super talented Brighton artist Joanna Corney.
Tell us a bit about yourselves. Can you recall how and why you became a maker?
I studied Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University and specialised in print. I knew by the end of University that I wanted to design and sell my own products instead of working for a company. I started the business by printing my products on my kitchen table and it grew from there!
What are your main inspirations and influences for the work?
Cities and their architecture has always been a big inspiration for me, and I am fascinated by all the different styles that there are. Living in Brighton there are so many interesting buildings, and my first collection concentrated on this. My Deco collection has focused more on Art deco style architecture, and the patterns and motifs that are found within those buildings.
What is the process?
I start by producing initially drawings, which I then tinker with on the computer and play about with different scales, repeats and colours. Once I am happy with the designs they are either screen printed onto fabric or digitally printed onto products like our wallpapers and coasters. A lot of my fabric products including the cushions and lampshades are made and sewn in our studio.
What do you enjoy most about being a maker?
The best thing about being a maker is being able to see your initial ideas grow and change, and finally turn into a usable product. I also love the making process and am always looking to learn new processes and techniques to use within my business.