In the spotlight, we have textiles designer Melissa from MOD Textiles!
Last summer, Going Home and MOD Textiles joined forces in a photographic collaboration to support, highlight and showcase each other’s craft and skills. We caught up with Melissa to find out more about her business, design inspirations and what she's currently working on!
Specialising in hand-painted mark marking, MOD Textiles creates beautifully abstract yet contemporary designs for interior homeware. Her colour palettes are both dreamy and refreshing and are perfect to showcase for this time of year.
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat! Tell us about your background. How did you get into textiles design?
I specialised in printed textiles at university, which is where I learnt and developed skills in how to create screen printed fabrics. Although, I always remember being drawn to patterned fabric - I loved to collect remnants, woven scraps or anything that had an interesting pattern or texture. I remember obsessing over how these printed and woven fabrics came to be, which I think fuelled my passion for learning how to then do this myself!
We LOVE the muted green shades and layered design of the Palmate collection. What's your favourite collection you have created so far, and why?
Gosh, that is such a hard question - is it cheating to say I love them all?! My Palmate collection will always mean a lot to me, being my first debut collection under my own name and for people to love it as much as I did, is something I will always be so appreciative of.
Although my collection Energy was so fun, expressive and immersive to create, that the designs still bring a smile to my face every time I look at them! Then my newest collection Solace, means a lot personally as I created it during such a challenging time in my life, and the designs in this collection were a productive and creative lifeline. I suppose I haven’t really answered your question there, but they all mean a lot to me each in their own right.
In three words, how would you describe your style?
Expressive, immersive and vibrant.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a new collection of designs, which have been really fun to design and develop, they are quite different to my other past designs and they’ll be coming out later this year. I’m also working on a collaboration with a fellow creative print designer, which I’m thrilled about. We both have such different creative handwritings that I think the final outcomes will be very exciting!
Where do you find your design inspiration?
Honestly, the majority of my inspiration just comes from nature, shapes and just everyday things around me. I love to just walk through the countryside and as I go I just take snaps of any flowers, shapes, colour combination or anything that I think I might want to draw or may inspire me later.
Is there an aspect of the creative process you enjoy the most?
Certainly screen printing, it is so immersive and such a rewarding process, albeit at times very frustrating. I just love that feeling of when you lift up your screen, and finally, after all of the drawing, visualising and experimenting, you see the design come to life on your fabric!
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
To stay true to yourself and remain focused on your interests, passions and create what makes me happy. And to not focus too much on what everyone else is doing, and what are the so-called ‘trends’ of that season.
Using the Going Home space to set and style MOD Textiles homeware has been so fun.
It has been honestly been a dream partnership!
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