How do you go about finding new and exciting artists and designers?
I am always looking out for designers on sites such as Etsy, Pinterest or Instagram, I also look in shops and galleries – always checking the back of greetings cards or books to see the artist’s name. I try to keep up with who is exhibiting at trade shows such as Top Drawer, Surtex, Progressive Greetings, etc. to see who is making their debut.
But I am very lucky to be in a position now that a lot of artists write to me and tell me about their work.
Trends in surface design come and go, but do you ever get to the point when you feel like you’ve seen everything before?
Not really no, because even if a particular trend or a certain motif comes around again it will be in a new way. Sometimes I think those of us in the industry can tire of fashions quicker as we have been looking at them a lot longer than those outside of the business. For example we can have been working on cactus designs for two a three years before they really filter down to the high street.