Amelia Graham focuses on geometry, flow, and crystal clear lines to create textile designs with a “universal application.”
We've had the pleasure of collaborating with Amelia once again on our latest artwork series titled Rainbow of Hope. Scroll down to discover Amelia's rainbow-inspired contribution - 100% of the artwork's profits are being donated to NHS Charities Together.
Brighton-based textile artist Amelia Graham draws from external aesthetics - including “brutalist architecture, African textiles, and postmodernism” - to create designs to decorate any surface imaginable. And we, for one, are hooked. Having earned her stripes designing womenswear print for a decade in London, and freelancing for industry titans like Calvin Klein and Topshop, Amelia now creates work in line with her innate belief that textile design should not be confined to the reams of fashion or interior. Her resulting style is as ambitious as her interdisciplinary outlook. By featuring sharply repeating patterns and intricate linework, Amelia's work becomes optically enchanting. Each final piece evokes illusions of depth and harks to huge architectural forms.
If, like us, you're a fan of complex patterns and refined colour, look no further. Amelia’s eponymous label produces a range of furnishing, prints, and incredible scarfs, while her latest collaboration with Evermade is a must-have for any geometrically-inclined art lover - if we do say so ourselves.
Who was on your playlist whilst working on this project?
I have been listening to songs we used to have on the kitchen radio when I was growing up. The Jam, The Hollies, Don Mclean, the Carpenters, Glen Cambell, The Ronettes. Classic Radio 2 fodder. They remind me of dancing in the kitchen with my brother, he would do the air Piano and I'd be on the air Drums. He would also periodically very badly pretend to be in Back St Boys or something and do uncoordinated dancing. It was always beaming sun, and we'd try to get the cat to join in.
Who are some artists you really admire at the moment?
Gianluca Firenze - beautiful hard edged geometry. Mike Staniford - an Aussie painter with a lovely loose gestural hand. I love the fashion illustrations of Polly Arnett. I could go on forever!
What are the positives you have come across during lockdown? How do you think it will change your point of view in future?
A slowing down and mindfulness in how we function. Having been very unwell with (suspected) Covid19 for nearly 4 weeks, a value of good health, and a gratitude in not needing hospital care, and in my body itself. A profound pleasure in the beauty of nature, what verdant beautiful Spring flourishing.
What are you looking forward to most when the lockdown is over?
Seeing my family!
What's your message to health workers right now?
As part of our newest Rainbow of Hope series, Amelia has created a design that combines her signature mastery over man-made patterns with the organic simplicity of the rainbow. When we caught up with the designer, she explained that her contribution was "a simple meditation on the joy of the sun always rising,” reminding us that “ the darkest hour is just before dawn." This satisfyingly symmetrical artwork strips everything back, so that only a celebration of simple pleasures remains.
Amelia’s artwork, titled Hope Springs Eternal, can be purchased below - with 100% of the profits donated to NHS Charities Together.
Amelia's artwork titled Hope Springs Eternal, with 100% profits of art print sales going to NHS Charities Together.
You can check out more of Amelia's work here.