Designer insights with Corinne Young

Corinne Young is a textile artist working from her eponymous brand Corinne Young Textiles, creating embroidered 3D artwork from the UK. Corinne is passionate about creating her artwork, as well as bespoke pieces of furniture and soft accessories. She has adored stitching for as long as she can remember, and even hails from a long line of textile craftsmen, and needleworkers from both sides of her family. Corinne also completed a degree in Textile Design back in 2003. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Corinne Young.

Designer Insights - Corinne Young

Image Credit: 1) Corinne Young 2)  Shirley Vauvelle 3) Corinne Young 4) Jessica Zoob 5) Polly Granville

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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?

My work combines my passion for botany, insects, colour and historical artefacts. I create sculptural 3D pieces using embroidery and handmade linen paper, which bring the beauty of the garden indoors.

2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?

After discussions with the client, I research and produce a mood board (often virtual), drawings and a series of samples. Colour is often the starting point, and there is usually a forage in the garden involved!

3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?

One of my favourite people is my embroidery degree tutor, and fellow textile artist Diane Bates. She really helped me to discover and develop my skills. More recently I made a series of pressed plant artworks for an interior designer at the New York offices of Avroko. The project was managed in a highly professional manner while giving me artistic flexibility.

4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?

I have two subjects about which I am completely passionate – gardens and antique artefacts. A visit to a wonderful old house and garden offer me endless inspiration. I am lucky enough to have several stately homes near to where I live, and I make regular visits to the V & A.

5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?

I have got to this stage through self belief, hard work and focus. Before embarking on a creative career, it is important to know your subject inside out, and recognise your strengths and weaknesses. Produce an impressive portfolio and then network like mad. Impress your customers and they will become vital brand ambassadors.