1. Name, Location.

Sarah Wade, Ipswich, UK

2. Please give a brief bio of your creative journey so far.

I studied Graphic Design at Northampton University specialising in Illustration. Graduating in 2004, I went on to work within two large studios that produced designs for giftware and children's book publishing. I decided to go freelance in 2006 and have been working from my studio based in Ipswich for the past 4 years. I now produce surface patterns for a variety of applications including textiles, wall coverings, jewellery, fashion, shop interiors, ceramics and advertising campaigns. I also illustrate children's books and have almost 20 titles in publication.

3. Describe your work in 5 words...

Colourful, Graphic, Quirky, Bold, Organic

4. Where does your inspiration come from for the prints you design?

In the past I have been inspired by a random mixture of things: Doilies, Hornsea Crockery, Russian Dolls, Retro album covers, 60/70's, Vintage Wallpaper, Film Title Sequences ('Catch Me If You Can' has a great one), Tim Burton, Music Videos (I love Franz Ferdinand's - Take Me Out). Textiles - especially Marimekko. Designers and Illustrators: Sarah Fanelli, Mary Blair, Tove Jansson, Lydia Monks, Julia Rothman, Sanna Annuka, Rob Ryan, Tord Boontje.

Interview abstract taken from "Style on the Run" with Grace Sherriff

1. Name, Location.

Lloyd Evans, Ipswich, UK

2. Please give a brief bio of your creative journey so far.

I graduated from Northampton University in 2004 with a degree in Fine Art. During this period my work began to focus on patterns and rhythms, something that is still evident in my work today. After graduating I went on to practice as an artist, working from Stowmarket Artist Studios in Suffolk. I exhibited throughout the UK both in joint and solo exhibitions. Alongside working as an artist, I have also worked in other fields such as graphic design, interior design and surface pattern. In May 2006 I seized the opportunity to take up an artist residency in Venice, Italy. This experience provided me with new technical knowledge as well as giving me a wealth of inspiration. I was also able to travel throughout Italy and study many works in cities such as Florence, Rome and Naples. During this time I rediscovered my love of drawing, which is still evident in my current surface pattern work; this combines hand-drawn icons with digital media. Since my return to the UK I have been focusing on producing surface patterns for home furnishing, wallpaper, fashion and other applications.

3. Describe your work in 5 words...

Hand-drawn, Fun, Eclectic, Vibrant, Current.

4. Where does your inspiration come from for the prints you design?

The inspiration for my work largely comes from everyday life. If ever I'm stuck for inspiration I just pick up a pen and sketchbook, look around and start drawing. I believe that everything can be inspiring, from magazines, architecture and fashion, to nature, film and art. Artists that I admire include Gary Hume, Ian Davenport, Fiona Rae, Nigel Cook, Peter Doig, Sam Francis and David Hockney.

Interview abstract taken from "Style on the Run" with Grace Sherriff