We are absolutely thrilled to announce our second charity collaboration, raising money for a cause incredibly close to our hearts (and our little company!); The British Beekeepers Association.
One of our key missions as a business is to support the British bee population and help bees to thrive in their natural habitat. We have seen a dramatic decline in our bee population due to the increased use of pesticides and loss of habitat up and down the country which is incredibly heartbreaking and extremely worrying. Bees are vital to our existence and if we don’t work hard to ensure they have healthy and clean places to build their hives then we will all be in trouble. Supporting he British Beekeepers Association was a no-brainer for us, as this fantastic organisation supports a network of conscientious beekeepers up and down the country to help our wonderful bees thrive.
One of our favourite things about our charity collaborations is working with talented designers, and we are excited to be working with Bristol based graphic artist and textile designer Sarah Mitchell! Sarah specialises in working with eco-friendly brands and businesses, making her the perfect fit for this collaboration. We spoke to her about her designs and inspiration behind her art.
How and why did you get into design, and why did you choose the process you use?
I have always been interested in art and design. I’m a hugely visual person and for as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated with the colours, shapes and patterns around me. My mum is Malaysian and is an artist herself and I grew up in East Africa and spent a lot of my childhood moving and travelling because of my Dad’s job. So from a young age I was exposed to fabric prints, pottery, photography, book and magazine layouts, illustrations and art from different countries. I started to develop a bold and graphic style while at school. I made a lot of mixed media pieces to begin with, mainly inspired by nature and East African art.
However, as I got older and moved back to the UK and started working in Marketing and Communications roles I started to become really interested in digital art and graphic design. I taught myself photoshop, bought a scanner, took a digital textile design course and have been trying to build myself up as a graphic artist and print designer slowly ever since. It’s all felt like it’s happened very organically, and led me to work with some wonderfully creative and passionate people who are full of ideas, which I love.
What are your top places to visit for inspiration? Where did the inspiration for the design come from?
Nature inspires me the most. I love all the patterns you can see when you look at something from nature up close. The shapes that a plant makes when it grows, or the markings of different species or even just the colours of the seasons. I just find all of it completely mesmerising. My theme for The Beeswax Wrap Co was bees, and I’ve been learning a lot about how good wildflowers are for pollinators so after doing some research I took inspiration from the forms, colours, shapes and movement of bees, honeycomb and wildflowers. I first painted a variety of images, lines, shapes and colour combinations and scanned them to work on them digitally. I then created different versions of patterns, some more simple and some more complex repeats.
What do you enjoy most about the creative process?
I think my favourite thing about the creative process is the feeling of being completely immersed in it. Getting a brief to work with is great because it’s like you’re given a problem to solve and you have to paint and draw and cut and paste and play to solve it. When I’m really in the middle of a design project, my mind is very still – it’s almost meditative and I could go on for hours.
What else do you design? Where can we find out more about you?
On top of creating patterns for fabric and print I do graphic design and layout work. I also have a range of one-off digital prints for sale and am developing ideas to create more designs and patterns for eco-friendly products and brands. I want to use my design to somehow give back to nature and our environment if I can, so stay tuned on my instagram and facebook @skimiting and my website www.skimi.co.uk as these projects come to life!
To find out more about Sarah, visit her website and find her on instagram. This charity collaborative pack is no longer available, but you can find our latest prints and charity collaborations.