Deborah Ballinger is a surface pattern designer and freelance illustrator, working from her own studio in Nottingham. Deborah is inspired by all things natural and intricate – she works with a 0.3mm mechanical pencil to precisely capture her detailed imaginings. Her surface designs have been used in candle packaging, urban wear and prestigiously for Asda and the Prince’s Trust. She also works on a commissions basis, creating freelance illustrations for her clients. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Deborah Ballinger.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My surface designs are created using 0.3mm mechanical pencil to ensure as high a detail as possible. My style is delicate, artistic and intricate through using pencil as a medium.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
Researching is the foundation of my designs. I’ll scour Pinterest, Library books and more to draw influence and inspirations for my designs.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
It has to be Rhea Clements Design; She is a force to be reckoned with! Her knitting skills, craft-curated shop ‘Handmade Nottingham’ and her continuous on-going projects to bring the Nottingham and midlands creative network together is inspiring.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I like to take myself somewhere new, a place that I would least expect to find inspiration. Just by leaving the desk behind my mind is already in a new headspace to think differently.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Many days and nights of never quitting on the dream! My advice: Be authentic in everything you do, not just in the work you create but also how you work with your peers and other creatives. Kindness is the greatest currency to share.