Pamela Print is a woven textile designer and hand-weaver who creates luxury sustainable textiles for the contemporary home. London born, with a studio situated in the creative of Brussels, she fuses multicultural influences. Her interior accessories are inspired by the local Art Deco movement and feature textural geometric patterns woven using British-sourced wool with a Slow Textile ethos at heart.
Pamela will be exhibiting MADE London - Canary Wharf April 25th - 29th. We interviewed Pamela to find out more about her work:
1.How and when did you want to be a maker and how did you start to realise that aim?
I have always been interested in many areas of craft and come from a line of very keen hand knitters and dressmakers on both sides of the family. I would spend hours knitting and eventually pattern cutting to create my own clothes. Naturally drawn to textiles, I went on to study woven textiles at Central St Martins. I then spent 14 years working as a woven textile designer in the fashion industry before starting my Handwoven textiles practice in 2017.
2.What currently inspires you and which other artists do you admire and why? What can you tell us about your current artwork, or example, do you explore any specific themes or subjects?
I have lived and worked in Saint Gilles in Brussels for the past 6 years. This has heavily influenced my work - my current collection is inspired by Art Deco architectural details found in the creative locality. Each of my pieces are named after local 'communes' renowned for their Art Nouveau and Deco architecture.
3. What is your chosen medium and what are your techniques? Tell us a bit about your process and what environment you like to work in?
I start by using graph paper to sketch a design and initial ideas for weave structures. The design development process continues on the loom, sampling with different yarn, colour and structures until I am happy with the result. For my current collection I have used an extra weft weaving technique which enables me to play with and create strong surface pattern and depth to each piece of fabric. I use merino wool for it's versatility and softness, as well as being a highly sustainable, renewable and biodegradable fibre.