My Story

I'm a print & graphic designer and illustrator based in Berkshire, UK.

 

My passion for creating art started at a young age, growing up surrounded by countryside and animals has inspired my designs today. I studied Textile Design at Leeds University and completed my Masters in Textile Innovation and Branding. Leading me to work in fashion as a print and graphic designer with ready-to-wear brands, high street retailers and suppliers. Primarily in small businesses and start-ups. With experience in creating artwork for womenswear,  childrenswear and for home & stationery products. 

Naturally, I'm drawn to bright florals, textures and slightly abstracted styles. With a love for English country home textiles, unique fashion prints and colourful packaging & stationery. My own personal style is bright, sketchy and painterly. 

Currently, I work in my home studio on a range of creative projects and commissions from fashion prints to children's books, wedding stationery, illustration and my own seasonal print collections. 

Design Process

I start each new project or collection with trend and mood boards. Whether it be for a fashion print, a pattern for homeware or an illustration. I love this part of the design process, creating styles, colour palettes and themes.

Initial ideas are developed from these boards and I use a collection of reference books, my own photographs and saved imagery both digital and printed material to sketch and plan artwork. My studio walls are covered in inspiration and I keep my favourite pieces pinned to vision boards.

Designs are created using a range of mediums, some of my favourties to work with are watercolours, acrylics, pastels and pencils. I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to finalise designs, colours and create repeats for prints. 

Services

I have experience in creating artwork for repeat and placement prints, illustration, embroidery, working with licensed character design, stationery and homeware collections as well graphic design in digital and print.

 

My designs are available to purchase or license. I will soon be adding a private print library for clients to view new print collections. If you are interested in a print or illustration currently on my website or Instagram please get in touch. 

Single prints or full print collections can be commissioned based on your brief. If you are a small business I can assist in creating factory ready specs and artwork. 

Depending on the final outcome, designs will be produced to you, the client, as a layered Adobe file, print ready pdf or a format that works best for you and your project.

If you would like to get in touch regarding a creative project please get in touch via my Contact page, I would love to hear from you!

Follow my journey on Instagram @harrietruscoe for sketches, paintings, latest designs, projects and inspirations. 

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