In the run up to the Selvedge Winter Fair, 7th December 2019, we are featuring some of the 50 merchants and makers who will join us in Bloomsbury. Daniel Heath is an award-winning independent wallpaper, textile and surface designer. Trained in the traditional process of silk-screen printing at the Royal College of Art, he set up his studio in 2007 to make bespoke, hand printed wallpapers and crafted interior surfaces exclusively made to order.
What are you bringing to the Christmas fair?
I will be bringing a selection of hand printed cushions, engraved mirrors and limited-edition printed artworks. I print all of my cushions by hand in London. I also hand draw all of my patterns based on a range of architectural or natural themes. I am currently making large linen cushions with prints inspired by Walthamstow Wetlands, which is a nature reserve close to where I live.
The small mirrors I make have been popular as gifts, I think because they are functional and decorative. They are a modern shape but have a delicate engraved image of a Eurasian Jay on them. I make them in small batches.
What inspires your work?
I am mostly inspired by nature and bird life but have recently been fascinated with invasive plant and animal species.
Do any textiles have a special meaning for you at Christmas?
I like to use remnants of fabric torn into ribbons to decorate my Christmas tree, so the colours tend to change each year!
What are your plans for 2020?
I have a huge project I am working on that will launch in spring, but I also plan to create some RISO prints of some of my designs to make them available as art prints.
Tickets to the Fair are available here.
For more information about Daniel’s work visit www.danielheath.co.uk