In the lead up to one of the largest national events, Etsy Made Local, celebrating handmade finery taking place this December, we continue to bring you a selection of our talented designer-makers who will come offline, re-connect with our customers and help you to conquer the gifting season!
Today, we meet the lovely Frances Wood of Fran Wood.
What inspired you to become a maker?
I’ve loved art and design for as long as I can remember, especially print and pattern. Also I’ve been both a graphic and textile designer in the past. I wanted to find a creative outlet that would combine all the above elements and after doing a screen printing course in 2015, found the ideal process. After this I set up Fran Wood Design as an outlet to promote and sell my pattern inspired screen prints.
Can you please share with us where you get your inspiration?
I start by collecting images that inspire me. I use Pinterest as an online scrapbook to collate these. As well as this I take photos when I’m out and about and have a collection of art/design books.
And the very obvious next question, what is the design process?
My designs always start out as sketches/ideas inspired by my collections and I have lots sketchbooks filled with many ideas! Once I’m completely happy with a sketch, I produce a final image based on it. I often hand cut this from paper and complete it in Photoshop, making it into a PDF format ready for exposing to a silk screen. I then hand print the design onto paper and/or fabric products at home on the kitchen table.
The kitchen table sounds all too familiar!
Thank you very much, Frances and we look forward to seeing your beautiful products in person at Etsy Made Local Tottenham (Day 1) on December 1st at Tottenham Town Hall. Find us on Day 2 at local favourite, The Beehive Pub.