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The Story behind our Shell Print
11th March 2022

The Story behind our Shell Print

Our new Shell Print was designed exclusively for Nomads by Esme Cooper

We asked Esme to tell us a little about herself and her design process:

I'm a textile designer working from my studio in the garden of our Mid-Devon home. I design surface patterns which I screen print by hand onto natural fabrics, making these into furnishings, fashion accessories and household textiles. 

I've always been inspired by the shapes and colours found in nature, taking the details found in natural forms into my work. Living in the West Country gives me access to such varied landscapes and coastlines where I can spend hours picking up shells, stones, driftwood and flowers. I'll take these back to my studio and start working on the new design. These objects are often just a catalyst for my designs and the finished work has minimal resemblance to the original piece.

I'm inspired by Friedensreich Hundertwassers colours and shapes and Ernst Haeckels detailed imagery, also I collect old books with engravings of the natural world to use as starting points for my designs. 

My work is quite eclectic and I wouldn't say I had one style, some of my designs are very linear with highly detailed fine lines and others are made using stencils, creating bold shapes and multiple colours. It really just depends on how my creative mind takes me each day as to what i produce!

I have been teaching Fabric printing for many years and run classes in Plymouth and Exeter. I sell my work through exhibitions, craft fairs and through my website www.esmecooper.co.uk. I also work with private clients creating site specific art pieces from wall hangings, to blinds and curtains. 

It's been a real pleasure working as a freelance designer with Kate from Nomads Clothing, taking one of my designs and working it into a scale and size suitable for clothing and i'm super excited to see it made into garments. 

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