Hello! I'm a textile print designer & 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, painterly fashion prints and colourful packaging & stationery.
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.
I start each new project or collection with trend research 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.
Prints and illustrations all start life as a sketch or painting using a range of mediums to achieve their desired look. Some favourites to use are watercolours, gouache, oil pastels and charcoal. Designs are then finalised digitally.
Artwork for repeat and placement prints for womenswear, childrenswear and home & stationery products.
Single prints or print collections can be commissioned based on your creative brief.
Whether you are a company looking to hire an illustrator for your project or you would like a personal illustration of your pet or home - Digital illustrations are open for commissions.
If you would like to get in touch regarding a creative project or would like more information about an existing print or illustration, please get in touch via my Contact page.
I would love to hear from you!
Follow me on Instagram @harrietruscoe for sketches, paintings, latest designs, projects and inspirations.