WFW love: Textile designer Antii Sullivan

Antii Sullivan is a local Winchester textile designer who graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2009, where she studied Textiles and Illustration. We caught up with her to find out what she’s been up to!

You were featured in our WFW magazine last year, is there any achievement you are particularly proud of in this past year?

Well, I’ve received a lot of good press and feed back for my work. I was asked to sell my work with Culture Label, which I did for a couple of months, and Shop & Make in Winchester. But I think what I’m mostly proud of is being selected to exhibit with Tent design show this September, which I have been working on with lots of new patterns and products. Also the success of my new textile blog has also been very exciting! www.antiitextiles.blogspot.com.

What projects are you working on currently, or will be in the near future?

I am currently working on a new range of textile and stationary wares, from cushions and tote bags to sketchbooks and Giclee illustration prints. I am also going to be selling work with Llustre, which is a new online pop up shop, featuring lots of new designers: http://llustre.com/.

You have also recently started blogging through Antii texties, tell us about that.

Antii Textiles is a blog about beautiful textile designs and alike subjects, most of the designers featured are new and upcoming designers and updates from a range of different designers. The blog is becoming much bigger with a wide audience range. It’s so refreshing to know that there is a big audience for new design! You can read more here www.antiitextiles.blogspot.com.

Do you have places or people you consistently go to for inspiration?

I do indeed, I find inspiration in lots of different people. In the world of design, Elizabeth Dunker, AKA Fine Little day is a huge inspiration of mine, I love how her designs reflect her passion for creativity (www.finelittleday.com). Donna Wilson is also a designer who I find inspiration from, for similar reasons to Elizabeth, but with so much imagination used in how she forms her textile work (http://www.donnawilson.com/).

Many other artist I find inspiration from are Verity Keniger, Hannah Davis (aka Wolf & Moon), Laura Spring Tove Jansson, and Esme Winter. I find inspiration in lots of people, from musicians such as Sigur Ros, Amiina, Mice Parade, Bell Orchestre and authors like Johnathan Safran Foer, Haruki Murakami, Paul Torday and Marina Lewycka, to TV chefs such as Rachel Khoo, all for their unique style, passion and creativity. You can find more art, design, food, photography and many other sources of inspiration on my Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/antiisullivan/)

Are there any local Winchester textile designers or illustrators you really like at the moment?

A couple indeed, the wonderful thing about studying in your home town is seeing people develop and progress after university. In textiles I adore the work of Deryn Relph, her bubbly and vivd knit designs are absolutely fantastic! She’s a wonderful designer with a very bright future ahead of her! (http://derynrelph.co.uk/). I also love the work of Jody Myerscough-Walker (http://www.bon-maison.co.uk/) and Zoe Barker (http://zoelouisebarker.com/).

In illustration I love Holy Maguire’s illustration work, I love how she has her own style, and is inspired by so many things! She’s based in Bristol but is a Winchestonian (http://www.hollymaguire.co.uk/).

Other illustrators in Winchester I love are Amber Grayson (http://ambergrayson.com/), Paul Richards (http://www.paullikesink.com/) and other, wonderful artists include Francis Martin (http://www.frmartin.co.uk/) and David Keeping (http://www.davidkeeping.com/page4.htm)

 

Check out some of Antii’s work below:

interview Alix Rothnie @alixroth

thanks to Antii Sullivan @AntiiTextiles

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2 Responses to “WFW love: Textile designer Antii Sullivan”
  1. Babs says:

    Fab!! Great inspiration, thank you.

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