Next in our series of designer mini-interviews (is min-terview a word? If not, it should be) is Cerys Turner, whose cross stitch cards we recently started stocking. Take it away, Cerys!
Name: Cerys Turner.
Location: Bethnal Green, East London.
I make: I’m influenced by a wide range of cultures, eras and textile techniques and take an experimental approach and hope something interesting arrives at the end of the process.
My favourite craft tool is: My screen printing squeegee, I actually print with a very non-technical version (a window cleaner’s squeegee instead of a proper screen printer’s one!). Other designers in my studio seem very surprised when I bring it out, but I started using it in art school and it really works for me!
My favourite achievement is: Selling designs to international brands has been really cool, but I appreciate it even more when people who’ve completed my craft kits get in touch with their finished versions. I love seeing how they’ve added their own creativity and made the finished pieces unique to them.
I couldn’t live without: Coffee. I admit I’m a bit of a caffeine addict, but I also love coffee culture, sitting in cafes and people watching or over-hearing snippets of random conversations.
You may be surprised to know: I’ve visited japan and love Japanese culture and the Kawaii characters they invent over there, my all-time favourite is Afro Ken, a dog with an afro that is multicoloured and always changing to different hairstyles.
Ah, Afro Ken – he’s one of my favourite old-skool kawaii characters too. Look, here he is.