The Artistic Life: Louise Rushford

Since I was already "across the pond" this week, featuring the Dormy House Hotel, I thought I'd stick around the UK a bit longer and inspire you with a little more European interior flair. Today's post features brilliant artist and textile designer, Louise Rushford. Currently residing in Bath, England, Louise's creativity is showcased through her beautiful paintings, fabric and wallpaper designs as well as other created interior accessories. I had the pleasure of asking Louise a few questions about her work and I am delighted to share that conversation with you today. Enjoy!

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As you are a trained fine artist, how did you decide to design fabrics and wallpaper? My training was originally in sculpture at art school in London followed by a post-graduate in contemporary dance and have followed a career in the Arts since. A few years ago I taught drawing workshops at Bath School of Art to 1st year textile students . Whilst teaching in this department I began to investigate the design process for my own work and moved from Fine Art to design.... the rest is history!  I have always put the emphasis on drawing in my designs. All the designs start life as hand drawn illustrations, which are then treated as a digital canvas producing fabrics and products as if they are works of art .

  

What are your inspirations for your work? I am originally from Glasgow in Scotland , studied and lived in London for 15 years, and finally moved to beautiful Bath 6 years ago. I think my work developed into a more design led style because I felt inspired by the beauty of the city’s architecture and interiors combined with my life-long passion for the colours, shapes, flora and fauna of Oriental design, particularly Chinese wallcoverings. I try to inject this traditional imagery with a modern and slightly darker atmosphere which is why I often include birds. They can have a somewhat sinister presence and curiously I am also terrified of them .

  

Tell us about your business, ArtHouse Originals. Where is it located, how can we purchase/find your pieces?
ArtHouseOriginals is a small but perfectly formed design house (located in Bath, England) which specialises in creating both original artwork and interior accessories. The ArtHouseOriginals elegant signature style is inspired by the flora and fauna imagery found in traditional Oriental art and design but with a contemporary Gothic British twist. ArtHouseOriginals luxury interior accessories can be purchased through our website.  ArtHouseOriginals distinctive product range includes – Exclusive Wallpapers (limited edition or hand painted), Luxury Fabrics and Interior Accessories (luxury cushions, lovely little footstools and wall hangings in gorgeously soft cotton velvet, crisp cottons or vibrant pure silks), Original Artwork and Hand Painted Decorative Screens.  We regularly take part in design fairs and have a busy year planned for 2014. ArtHouseOriginals was recently voted one of the best stands with unique products at Top Drawer & Craft design fair at the famous Earls Court in London. We are the featured design company on ACHICA luxury members only on-line boutique from the 17th to 23rd of February.

What are some exciting projects you are currently working on?
ArtHouseOriginals will be at the Decor Cafe Festival in London in March and London Design Week in Sept . We are hoping to launch new designs and a range of lamp shades. Finally, what are some of the differences you see between British and American design? British design has a reputation for being quite edgy, quirky and innovative. Design from the Unites States tends to generally be more classic using more natural materials. Of course there are always exceptions to this!

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Thank you, Louise! Your work is unique and exquisite.

For more information on Louise and ArtHouse Originals, see below:

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 LOUISE RUSHFORD

ArtHouse Originals

louise@arthouseoriginals.co.uk

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(All images courtesy of ArtHouse Originals)