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Rhianna Ellington Designs

Charlotte Everaert / April 8, 2015 / Interviews, Visual Inspiration
Rhianna Ellington Designs

In the Label Love posts, I like to introduce my readers to young designer talents and creative labels that I’ve discovered recently. Today, I’d like to show you the work of Rhianna Ellington, a young textile and surface print designer from the UK who makes the coolest prints you have ever seen; think cacti, bugs and tropical plant leaves.

Rhianna Ellington is a freelance print designer who graduated from Leeds College of Art in 2013. I’m in love with her prints which are often inspired by colour, contrast and nature. Rhianna likes to manipulate botanic images digitally which turn out to be really cool prints, as you can see.

Rhianna Ellington Designs

She has collaborated with a number of brands, including THE WHITEPEPPER and Textile Federation who sold their ready-to-wear clothing collections in stores such as Topshop, Asos and Urban Outfitters. Not bad huh? Her first in-house collection is now available to buy online and includes 100% silk scarves and pocket squares in a variety of prints. The above images are from her collection’s lookbook, aren’t they wonderful? In her online store, you can also find cute note pads, leather purses, clutches and art prints to hang on your wall.

Rhianna Ellington Designs

I had a digital chat with her over e-mail to ask her about her inspiration, the print business and what a day in the life of a print designer looks like. I’m sure a lot of you are, like me, wondering about such things and I would love to give you a look behind the scene!

Rhianna Ellington Designs

First of all, I’m in love with your designs. I love the color combinations, the botanical aspects, the cacti,… Very inspiring!
Where do you get your inspiration from? 

I love visiting botanical gardens and anywhere outdoors! If I am ever visiting a new city I always research to see if there are any gardens I can explore.

How does a typical working day look like for you? 

I am very organized and at the same time I am not! I work part-time as a sales assistant for Dr Martens and sometimes when I have a day off to work for myself it takes me a while to get going. I work from home and end up cleaning or looking through blog after blog rather than working. I am obsessed with lists and have a list for things I want to do every week and every day. I always give myself too much to do so I normally stay stuck to the screen until bed time!

Have you ever thought of creating your own clothing line? 

I would love to create my own clothing line but I have no idea where to start. I currently have my prints selling on clothing through Print All Over Me. I have also collaborated with a few womenswear brands such as THE WHITEPEPPER and Kuccia. I love seeing my prints on clothing so fingers crossed I will have my own clothing line one day.

How did you know that print design was your thing?

When I was at college, we did a print making project and I fell in love with screen printing. From a very young age I always wanted a career in fashion so I looked into a way of combining the two. I went on to do a degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design at Leeds College of Art where my passion for print design grew.

What else do you enjoy doing in terms of creative hobbies/passions?

I just finished a silver-smithing course where I made all my own jewelry and I’m currently doing a pottery and ceramics course.

What is your personal style like? Do you wear lots of prints yourself?

People are always a little confused by my style as it is very different to my work. I wear a lot of black and dark colours. I only tend to wear prints if it is something really special or if it is my own work.

Tell us some of your favorite designers!

My favourite fashion designers are Ashley Williams, Jeremy Scott, Christopher Kane, Shrimps, Kenzo, Celine, Acne, Faustine Steinmetz and Giles. I could go on but that is probably enough!

What’s your favorite color?

Black, however some people say blacks not a colour!?!? So for those people orange.

Do you have any tips for people that want to learn more about print design?

Anything can be made into a print! If you are a painter, illustrator or photographer. Whatever medium you work with, you could transfer it into a pattern or print.

What was your favorite collaboration so far?

I really loved working with THE WHITEPEPPER as they are one of my favorite brands. I have also just realized a collection with a brand called Kuccia and the prints are crazy! It’s an amazing collection and we have plans to do future collections together which is really exciting.

Rhianna Ellington Designs

How much time does it take to make a print?

It really depends, every project is different, some take 5 hours, others take days.

I really like the concept of Print All Over Me and what they are doing. Can you tell me something more about your collection on their platform?

It is a mixture of all my favorite prints across a range of garments. I can upload any design to any garment so if you see a print you like and a style you want it on let me know and I can create it for you :)

Be sure to check out Rhianna’s collaboration with Kuccia, her collection on Print All Over Me and her website. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!

xo, Charlotte

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