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MEET: Rachael Taylor by Karen Jinks of www.chalkhillstudio.co.uk


Please tell us who you are and what you do? I’m a designer specializing in surface pattern & illustration. I have my own label and product line along with a number of licensed products. I also work as a freelancer designer for a variety of studios and regularly work to new briefs and commissions. You can find my work on a variety of products from stationery through to home wares in the UK, US and Europe.


Have you always been a Surface Pattern Designer? My first job was as a print and design technician, then I went to work as a graphic designer for one of the greetings card market leaders where I specialised in surface design. I never felt quite myself working full time in industry, I felt it was time to do my


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own thing and I’ve never looked back!


Where do you get your inspiration from? I’m inspired by lots of things and take my camera everywhere. I love anything from looking at shop window displays to rummaging around vintage shops and sketching the textures I see on old run- down buildings. I love nature and sometimes go out walking for hours with my dog. I come back with lots of ideas whirling around in my head. A lot of the time I’m just inspired by the music I’m listening to, I download new music a lot!


What are your favourite tools? Everything comes from a doodle, so I always doodle and draw in my sketchbook first with a range of


pencils and pens. I gather a catalogue of print motifs which I scan and work them up on the computer; I like to layer my artwork and to keep it quite colourful.


Sometimes everything is hand drawn from my book, other times I draw on the mac too and add bits in. I try to work loosely and I draw with both my right and left hand, sometimes with my eyes closed! I also create textures, paint, scan ink splats and stitch in as well, just to add a bit of depth.


Do you ever have creative slumps and if so what do you do to get out of them? If something isn’t flowing, I go for a walk or turn up my music and put on a favourite song or I just go away and come back to it, so it’s more natural.


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