In the lead up to our Spring Makers Market taking place on 2 -3 March, we have been sharing the amazing designer-makers who will join us at The Beehive Pub. Do take a few moments to read up on these amazing humans!
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.