EC Firstly, for those who may not know your work, how would you describe what you do?
DC I draw and create motifs which then become patterns. To create these motifs I experiment with anything, paper, pens, paint, cardboard, fabric, threads and my computer. My aim is to create patterns which are a little audacious and have a bit of the unusual about them. I sometimes fall into whimsical mode as I love things which make me smile. I find it very hard to convince people that what I do involves a lot of hard work!
EC Like the Kiosk you are definitley a pattern obsessive. Where did this love come from?
DC I think I was born with a pattern obession. Whilst walking to primary school I had to be dragged along because I was always looking up at the patterns which the leaves made against the sky... from then onwards it just got worse.
EC Tell me a bit about your work process. You work as a Graphic designer too, how does this inform your work or do you see them as seperate enterprises?
DC Working as a graphic designer has strong influences over my work and not always positive. I often feel that I have to have an idea before I can begin to work a pattern or I am concerned at what the impact of that pattern might be before I've even finished it! These two traits come from evaluating 'problem solving' design solutions everyday and hinder my pattern work in general.
EC Personal project or client brief?
DC 50-50. The first, pure enjoyment and satisfying. The second, a challenge and you get paid for it.
EC Is there a particular era or style that inspires you?
DC I am virtually inspired by everything around me so it's hard for me to pick out a certain style or era. As a creative person I have 'new loves' all the time and follow certain influences or styles for a while until I get bored and move on.
EC What would you most like to see your work on?
EC It has to be fabric. As a student I was tormented by the beautiful fabrics in Libertys and I never had enough cash to by any. This has remained with me so now my dream would be to design some fabric for them.
EC Tell me one thing about you that no one would guess from looking at your work.
DC I love mountains and everything to do with them.
EC The Kiosk likes to enjoy the simple things. What is your favourite word, colour, shape, artist and food?
DC Strofinacci (Italian for tea towel), yellow, anything round, Chagall and lemon sorbet.
EC The Kiosk loves a to do list. What is next on your agenda?
DC I am working on a website at the moment which in itself is just a working tool, but my intention is to fill it with beautiful work... that's the hard bit!
DC No I don't think so :)
Thanks to Dawn for visiting the Kiosk. The diversity and energy in her work is really exciting, and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next. I urge you to check out her blog niceandfancy.blogspot.it to see more of her work, and some great photos of her daily surroundings.
All images are copyright © Dawn Clarkson 2012