We are delighted to share this interview with one of 3rd Rail Print Space members, Frieda Peppercorn – an award winning textile designer and screen printer with a whimsical approach to her work. Having collaborated with renowned brands such as Anthropologie and Coco Fennell, Frieda’s designs have been worn by some of the most popular celebrities in the world. Read on to learn more about Frieda’s freelance career and her ambitions.
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a print designer and screen printer, I’ve always worked freelance since I graduated which has lead me to a variety of different jobs and roles. I’ve taken on illustration and print design commissions, done collaborations with various brands, and been a screen print technician and assistant. I also make my own range of hand printed silk scarves and cushions which I sell at open studios and gallery trails.
2. You’ve had an opportunity to work on some exciting projects, what’s been your favourite?
I was very excited when I was approached by Anthropologie to design a range of kitchen textiles. Anthrolopogie are one of my absolute favourite brands, their style is so wonderful so I was hugely flattered to have my work featured there. It was lovely to see my designs in the shops amongst so many other beautiful things.
I was also commissioned to design some prints for a wonderful fashion designer Coco Fennell, her dresses are really beautifully cut and it has been lovely to be able wear my own designs in such gorgeous dresses. She also has a bit of a celebrity following, so I have seen my designs floating around on social media dressing famous faces including Kylie Manogue and Emma Bunton.
3. What’s your source of inspiration?
I tend to draw from what’s around me, if I see something I like, I draw it. My designs are quite illustrative and I like to tell a story. I am inspired a lot by different types of folk art as well, I like the naivety and the narrative that is often told. Generally the main inspirations for Folk Art are things from everyday life, and making the things and tools around you beautiful, which I really relate to with in my own work.
4. Describe your dream printing job/project…
My dream would be to have my own label, of lovely hand printed luxury things…like silk scarves
5. What are you working on at the moment and what’s next?
I am part of the screen print collective Orto Print, we develop techniques and print samples and small scale production runs for fashion and costume designers. And I am currently in the process of making my own line of hand printed pyjamas…so watch this space!
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