Today my designer profile series continues with the work of surface pattern designer Mel Smith.
Mel studied an Interior Textiles course, which covered many different areas of design including rug and carpet design, fabric manipulation and CAD, together with surface pattern design.
During her time at University, five of her designs were selected to be made into rugs by Hill & Co (three of which went on to be sold in John Lewis) and she won a two week work placement as part of a Tigerprint competition.
The work placement gave her valuable experience in the greetings industry, and a temporary role creating greetings cards at HotchPotch Studio soon followed. Mel also worked as a freelance designer selling designs for textiles, stationery and kitchenware.
She went on to spend time working on her portfolio and working for a new agent alongside a full time office job. Mel's work has now been sold in both New York and Paris, and she once came across some of her designs in Marks & Spencer.
Last year Mel completed the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design e-course, and this has really pushed her to start working on her brand and planning for the future. At the moment she is in the process of having some products manufactured and next on the list is a revamped website.