Studio File/ Influences

Diane Bresson.

Designer/printmaker Born in France now based in London UK

I had seen some of Diane’s work in an interiors magazine. I can’t remember if it was a rug or wallpaper but I really liked the colours that she had used and I wanted to see more of her work. I was really pleased when I found out she was giving an online talk about her work, through the West Yorkshire Print Workshop. I kind of feel that her talk is another one that came at a good time for me. I was feeling like my work was incorporating more digital elements and I was questioning if it was fine art enough. To hear Diane talk about her process, (she screen prints patterns onto lining paper then works on them digitally,) helped me to get my own practice into perspective. Diane went to great depth discussing the relation in her work between craft and technology and how she combines them.

Tangram Slice 1. Inspired by a children’s Tangram puzzle.

Camille Walala

Artist/ designer Born in France now based in London UK.

Camille Walala has inspired me by the way she uses colour and pattern. Walala doesn’t really use text but for me I like her colourful distinctive style, that is influenced by the 1980s Memphis Group. Walala often makes work for public spaces, she has transformed the pedestrian crossing outside London’s White City Station, as well as transforming buildings on a high street in east London. Walala has described her work as using “the power of colour and pattern to transform atmospheres, elevate moods and spark positivity”. I definitely feel this is something I wish to aspire to with my work. I’ve had a few comments about my work brightening up people’s Instagram feed lately and this makes me very happy indeed.

Camille Walala commission for Transport for London and Better Bankside as part of London Design Festival 2016. Image from
Camille Walala is behind this fantastic concept. This is a pop up shop for the London Design museum. The installations slogan is “creativity is essential”. This is such a playful idea, products in the store available to buy, are designed by up and coming creatives. The message behind it is very political “rethink what we buy, who profits”. It is also a way to get people back into museums and galleries after the pandemic.
A high street in East London transformed by Camille Walala.

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