Today I have the fabulous and super talented Tamasyn Gambell on the blog. Tamasyn began her career working in Paris as a print designer for companies like Sonia Rykiel and Louis Vuitton, she then moved to Stockholm Sweden to work for High Street brand H&M. Frustrated with the amount of waste and the fast pace of the fashion industry she started up her own company in 2008 focusing on considered prints and timeless design using the most environmentally friendly processes possible.
Here Tamasyn talks to us about what are her inspirations and what she hopes to achieve in the near future.
When did you realise you had a passion for design?
I have always been passionate about design. My father was an artist and from as young as I can remember I was sketching away with him and going to the Serpentine and the Tate. I think I knew it was what I was going to do in life when I went to Camberwell college of art, where I did my foundation course. The minute I stepped into the print studio I knew I would be a print designer of some kind.
Where do you inspirations come from?
I am inspired by various art and design movements of the past. Art Deco, Bauhaus, Constructivist. I am also an avid flea market goer and collector. I find inspiration in old printed matter such as maps, books, vintage textiles and wallpapers. Living in London you also witness some amazing architecture and this is always key in my work where I often work with grids and blocks.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
This year has been really exciting for me as my work has gone in a new direction. It started with the collaboration with forest London where owner Eva Coppens sourced vintage Scandinavian pieces of furniture and I developed a collection of prints to upholster them with. To run along side it, we also developed a range of cushions and lampshades. These did really well and led me to get in touch with Ercol, for whom I designed a new print to re-upholster their Windsor 203 chair which was re-launched during London Design week. It just feels like a very exciting time and things feel like they are very much heading in the right direction.
What do you hope to achieve in 5 years time?
I hope to have built a reputation for exciting, bold design that is at the forefront of interior design.
What famous artists/designers do you admire or inspires you the most?
I love the work of Theo Van Doesburg and Josef Albers. Both of their work has a timelessness which I aim to achieve in my own work and is bold without being ill considered. It has a real purity of form and colour which is very inspiring.
In five words how would you describe yourself ?
Workaholic, driven, dreamer, warm, colourful.
What 5 things couldn't you live without?
Screen-printing, my bike, my friends and family, food, red wine!
A big thank you to Tamasyn and looking forward to seeing more exciting designs from this talented designer.