Lottie Day is an artist and designer producing a range of hand-printed textiles and writing about her creations at Made By Lottie Day, from Norfolk. Lottie loves to creates hand-made fabric products for use in the home and garden. She creates line drawn illustrations that are then screen printed on canvas and adapted into tea towels, deck chairs and lampshades. Her studio workshop is based in the Noverre Gallery, the beautiful Georgian Assembly House in Norwich. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Lottie Day.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I grew up in a small village in Norfolk, so the beauty of the Norfolk countryside has always inspired my work. Having never studied in illustration, my style has developed through discovery.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
The process always begins with my sketchbook and a fineliner pen. I run my own gallery and shop, which is inspiring but can also be a distraction! I have to run away and find somewhere quiet.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I arrange a lot of exhibitions here in Norwich, meaning incredible creative people constantly surround me. Starting out as a screen-printer, I worked alongside the fantastic Print to the People collective. They work tirelessly to promote screen-printing and general creative practice in Norwich and the surrounding area. Their print studio offers an affordable opportunity for people of all ages.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
The library has always been a great source of inspiration. Looking around the internet you can get sidetracked by news or social media, it feels incredibly noisy and distracting. The library feels like a relaxing environment.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Like a lot of creative people I spent a good few years working as a waitress or a shop assistant, having to try and be creative in the time between working and sleeping. The Assembly House kindly gave me the opportunity to run my own gallery and I haven’t looked back since. The best advice I can give is, always make sure that you’re doing something creative, join a life drawing class or do an evening course. It’s so easy to get caught up in work.