Designer Focus: Amy Sia, textile designer

Once adorning our stationery, marbling is now having a well-deserved revival and Amy Sia’s painted silk scarves are the most vibrant way to dip into the trend

With her painterly print designs and bright colour palette, Amy Sia is sneaking classic marble prints into our homes and wardrobes. And we don’t mind one bit! We caught up with Amy who told us more about her work, marbling and her top tips for new designer-makers

Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m an Australian born, London based designer. I graduated with a BA in Fashion from RMIT University in Melbourne and working in the fashion industry in Melbourne. After moving to London in 2011, I pursued a career in textile print design my designs have been used by designer labels such as Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Topshop, Victoria Secret and Asos. I am known for painterly bold colourful designs. I also create my own products (scarves and cushions) which are available in Heal’s and Selfridges and license my work onto homewares, artwork and phone cases.

Your marble-effect prints are gorgeous! You use incredible colours – what do you love about the technique?
I love marbling. It is a method that is quite random and although you can control the design a lot of how things turn out is by chance. I love that you can create something beautiful almost by accident!

What’s your top tips for new designers?
Know that your self-worth is not tied to your work! When things don’t turn out the way you hope they will it’s natural to be upset but it’s important to know that whatever the response to your work it doesn’t change who you are. When someone doesn’t like your work it is usually about the work not you!

Seek out the opportunities you want. If you would like to work for certain companies, write to them. Want to collaborate with someone? Get in contact! Love a certain blog and would like to be featured? Drop them a line. But whatever the outcome, know that your work doesn’t define you.

Since it’s catwalk appearance in 2013, marbling has captivated fashion and interior designers in equal measure, but far from monochrome cool. Amy Sia’s marbling prints are deep, rich, warm and full of interest.Take a look…

Amy Sia marbling pattern design1

Marbled pattern design, image © Amy Sia

Marble effect cushion - Amy Sia

 

Cushion from Amu Sia’s website, image © Amy SiaAmy Sia Marble print

 

Poster from Society 6, image © Amy Sia

Amy Sia marbling effect mug

Marble mug form Society 6, image © Amy Sia

Keep your eyes peeled for Mollie Makes 42 (on sale 3 July) for our marbled paper and fabric tutorials

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