I absolutely love a print. Whether it’s clothing, wallpaper or literally any object, I am obsessed. I’m basically a magpie that’s drawn to patterns instead of shiny objects (although I am partial to a shiny object too!) When I was introduced to the modern-retro prints by fabby homeware designer, Anna Hayman, I was in love. I was super excited to be invited along to view the designs close up, plus have a go at lino cutting to make my own.
So, a few weeks ago, I pottered off to Lewes to join Anna and my fellow bloggers Lyndsay, Bethanie, Claire and Natalie (plus super organiser Lucy) for a morning creating some pretty patterns, drinking tea and eating cake. What a dream!
We started off by getting the lowdown on Anna and her business. She explained she’s always been creative and actually started out embellishing shoes. Now, after recently launching Anna Hayman Designs, she focuses on interiors and homeware products, using five bright colours (red, orange, yellow, turquoise and blue) to make up her range.
Anna’s trendy designs are created by cutting shapes into lino, then repeating them to make a continuous pattern. She applies some (or all) of the vibrant colours from her brand pallette and voila! I’m definitely doing her a disservice by making it sound much easier than it is… lino cutting is hard! Luckily, Anna had plenty of tester lino so we could practise. All of the ceramics she sells on her website are made in the UK and are cast by hand, so a lot of love goes into each piece.
Lino cutting complete, Anna took our designs and applied paint using a roller – I opted for the lovely turquoise shade. You simply take the painted lino, turn it onto paper and your design is done!
Anna jazzed my design up for me digitally – here is my final product…
Thank you so much to Anna and Lucy for organising a lovely morning and for supplying the scrumptious homemade cakes. I can’t wait to get my design printed and on show in my new home.
Make sure you check out Anna’s website to see all of her amazing designs – I’ve got my eye on the teapot and teatowels! Finally, I’d highly advise you to take a read of all the blogs run by my new pals: