ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Stephanie Breeze

Name: Stephanie Breeze
Interests: All things botanical
Location: England
Favourite Colour: Cornflower Blue
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British illustrator and textile designer, Stephanie Breeze, is probably better known for her beautifully illustrated silk scarves. Working from her home studio in The Cotswolds, England, it's no surprise that her biggest inspriation is the botanical garden. But Stephanie's designs are not simply floral. They're modern, but detailed. Graphic, yet soft. Also feminine, but not typically. After falling in love with her work, we felt compelled to know more...

Interview with Stephanie Breeze

What three words best describe your work?

Whimsical, botanical, feminine

What's the most challenging aspect of what you do?

I think the trickiest thing is keeping motivated to sell your work and keep up the marketing side of the business, starting out on your own isn't easy and you find that you are doing everything to start with untill you can afford to employ someone else. I love to create and that is my strong point, but i also have gained skills in areas such as accountancy, graphics and photo retouching which has saved me a lot in costs.

What does an average day at your studio involve?

I usually start off the day by answering emails and clearing my inbox of junk and unimportant emails and flag any that I need to attend to. Then, I will compose a couple of social posts for my accounts if I haven't had time to schedule any in the last week. Also I will send out any sold files thats my agents have requested, then if I have commissions or freelance work I will begin those. If I haven't then the design part of the day is free for me to come up with themes to work on for my agents or my personal print catalogue. In the evenings I might send out some new business enquiry emails too.

Tell us how you became a textile designer?

The road to setting up my own studio involved working in a few different positions in the fashion and creative industries before getting to where I am today. After leaving university, I took a job as a merchandiser for a clothing supplier. This role allowed me to see the fashion industry from a different angle and gave me an understanding about how buyers and designers operate. After relocating to Cheltenham, I felt a change of direction was needed, and I progressed on to a graphic design and photo retouching position for a design studio here in the Cotswolds. The role give me the opportunity to apply my creative skills in new ways and I was able to work on a wide variety of projects including logo design, lookbooks and photoshoots. I was made lead designer for the childrenswear graphics and print projects that we received and I quickly discovered that this element of the role was the area I enjoyed most. I then took a position on the design team as their graphic designer and became heavily involved with the design process, from seasonal direction through to sample stage and sales analysis. It was a fantastic experience but there came a time where I felt I had more to offer the industry than just my childrenswear designs, so I took the decision to setup my own design studio and go freelance

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

My fashionable career minded side of me says Alexander McQueen the girly fangirl side of me says Beyonce.

You're a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

I would be corn flower blue, bit of an obsession with this colour at the moment, its a feminine shade of blue and I think thats why I like it.

What do you have planned for 2017?

I think further promoting my own label and hopefully adding to the collection for the spring and adding new products and designs to the line. I would like to gain a few new regular clients for prints too!

Check out Stephanies website here:

www.breezestudio.co
Photos © Stephanie Breeze