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Jenny Arnott graduated in 2006 from Winchester School of Art, with a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Textile Design. She specialised in printed textiles and currently runs her own business designing and making embroidered textiles and printed accessories which she sells through her own website and the online shop Not on the High Street.
I have always been artistic, and have known that I wanted to follow a creative career path from an early age. Although I was always making things at home, it was my degree that really focused my mind on textiles. Four years of study, including a general Foundation Course, greatly developed my love of fabric and textiles. Traditional screen-printing techniques, as well as digital printing, were combined with both machine and hand embroidery, with stitch being used primarily as a decoration, to embellish my printed designs.
However, lack of space and money for messy and expensive printing equipment meant that stitch became a more integral part of my work after my degree. I have always hoarded stacks of materials and other associated sewing paraphernalia and began to use these fabrics to 'draw' pictures with my sewing machine, layering up different patterns and textures together to create an image.
The fabrics I work with range from plain-coloured cottons and linens, to dainty florals, as well as lots of spots, stripes and checks. I am constantly on the lookout for new fabrics that catch my eye to incorporate into my designs. In fact, there is nothing I like more than a good hour or two spent in a quirky little fabric shop amongst bolts of fabric or rummaging through piles of materials at car boot sales and fairs.
My collection has grown over the last couple of years and now includes beautiful but functional products such as handmade bags, cushions and little embroidered buttons, all individually stitched with pretty motifs such as flowers or cupcakes. In addition, my designs have also been turned into a range of printed products. These are similarly pictorial in nature, with scenes depicted through illustrative fabric collages, which are then digitally printed as greetings cards, canvases and stationery.
Inspiration for my designs can come from many places, and there are many things I love; Russian dollies all lined up by size, old-fashioned red telephone boxes, roses of any shape and colour, fair isle knitting and pretty vintage china, to name a few. However several themes and motifs do seem to feature more than others in my work. These include colourful cupcakes and flowers, as well as anything to do with the seaside, such as beach huts, lighthouses, and sailing boats. There are no hidden meanings behind any of my designs and I try to keep my work fun and cheerful. I simply want to create lovely things that people will enjoy.
If you would like to get in touch, please contact me via email, or through my website www.jennyarnott.co.uk where all my products are available to purchase.