Meet the Designer: Made By Mrs M
Our new blog feature ‘Meet the Designer’ was inspired by our work with the talented designers involved in our debut Capsule Collection. The collection of exclusive designs, which launched with the publication of Warehouse Home Issue Two, was inspired by the latest interior trends and is only available via the Warehouse Home shop.
Last week, we introduced you to The Shipping Press; print designers based in an unconventional studio, a shipping container overlooking Canary Wharf. This week, we sit down with textile designer Kate Marsden to learn more about the inspiration behind her mid-century modern style prints and architecture inspired designs.
1. Tell us about the inspiration for your first designs.
I studied Fashion and Textiles at college but can’t recall doing much in the way of pattern design back then (although I’m sure I did!). I designed my first architecturally inspired pattern about 4 years ago. It was an early version of my Park Hill design, inspired by the iconic Park Hill flats in Sheffield and based directly on one of my paintings. The design has since been reworked and improved.
2. Have you always been a designer?
After college I had a number of short term retail jobs before moving to London and ending up at a City law firm. I worked at the same firm for 15 years in a wide variety of roles (I now seem to use a bit of all of these, plus my retail experience, most days!). I started designing again after my son was born in 2010 and finally left the day job at the end of 2013 to pursue designing and blogging full time.
3. Which designers inspire you the most?
I’m inspired by so many designers and architects. I’m mostly inspired by mid-century architecture, but my patterns are also inspired by the likes of Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler, Jacqueline Groag and the familiar prints of Orla Kiely and Marimekko.
4. Which has been your favourite design or project to date?
Project wise I’ve really enjoyed working on my new design for Warehouse Home – it was so exciting to see my work in the latest issue. Otherwise, other favourite designs include ‘Streets in the Sky’ (also based upon Park Hill, but a more 50s inspired pen and ink version of my design). Funnily enough, that hasn’t been a best seller! But it’s still a firm favourite for me.
5. What does the future hold for Made By Mrs M?
I have more new designs in the pipeline, which I’m excited about, events planned for the autumn and a busy pre-Christmas period. I’m also continuing to develop the Made By Mrs M Blog. I currently juggle my work with school runs and summer holidays, so I’m looking forward to continuous onward development and growing my business slowly and sustainably alongside this.
Kate transformed a photographic image of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station into an exclusive graphic print cushion for Warehouse Home in two summery colours. You can find the Made By Mrs M cushions, and the other Warehouse Home capsule collection designs, in our Shop.
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