Chloe Rafferty - Days In Design, Textile Illustrations
I’m Chloe, I live on the North Wales coast with the sea on one side and the mountains of Snowdonia on the other.
I am a professional self employed graphic designer with a degree is in photography. I’ve also worked in publishing and illustration.
My mum taught me to use a sewing machine when I was very young but I have no formal training. It was really only a matter of time before I began to combine my design and illustration skils with my love of textiles! I now have a huge collection of fabrics, old and new, and will patiently sift through them to find the perfect colours, patterns and textures to create my images.
I love to work with intricate details and bright colours and to make pictures that make people smile.
The inspiration for the images I create comes from many things – travel, stories I’ve read, the area where I live and simply places and objects that I love. My appliqué and embroidered textile artworks and jewellery are made by cutting and layering carefully chosen fabrics on a base fabric. I secure the fabric in place by stitching over the top using free-motion machine embroidery, effectively ‘drawing’ with the machine (I don’t use any computer programmed embroidery), adding lines, details and textures, sometimes using different coloured threads and adding some hand embroidery or beading to finish.
I dont use fabric printing or painting in my illustrations, all the visual elements are found within existing fabric designs.
I’m always learning as I sew and love trying new ideas.
I really enjoy sharing my knowledge too and regularly run workshops from my home in North Wales to teach other people how to start making their own fabric images.
Click here for more information about workshops.
I would like to offer Folt Bolt subscribers a 15% discount on purchases from my shop! Just use the code FOLTBOLT15
at checkout. Offer valid until the end of March 2015 (2015-03-31)
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