Amy Pearson is a fashion designer, print designer and illustrator based in London. She believes illustration is about telling a story and capturing the emotion of a subject. Her images celebrate style; drawing inspiration from fashion and nature, she dresses her subjects in striking garments and couture-styled outfits. Using a captivating colour palette, Amy’s subjects take on a dramatic and distinctive character, drawing in the viewer.
Amy is currently working as a full time designer at Concepts Paris, a lingerie trend consultancy in London, where she designs prints, garments and illustrations for trend books. She is soon to begin a new venture as a freelance designer and illustrator. Here, Amy talks to Olive Road Journal and tells us about her work:
Tell us a bit about yourself, your current work and how you became interested in design?
For as long as I can remember, I have been passionate about drawing and painting, and I am lucky enough to have developed my passion into a career. In 2014, I graduated in Fashion Design at Northumbria University, specialising in Womenswear and print design. My inspiration usually comes from the natural world, (I can often be found exploring the greenhouses in London’s Kew gardens with my camera phone!) and develops during endless hours of hand drawing and painting. During university, I was lucky enough to screen print all of my own fabrics, this is something that I would love to revisit in the future.
How would you describe your style?
I think my style is very varied, I love colour and pattern, particularly rich tones mixed with inky black and blue. Visually, I am drawn to things with graphical impact, contrast and drama, which I believe comes through in my sketching.
It's clear from your illustrations that you have an appreciation of fashion. How has fashion influenced your illustrations and where else do you look for inspiration?
I believe that illustration is about telling a story, capturing the emotion of the subject in the drawing. Fashion is so expressive and beautiful, and illustrating it adds another dimension. I also look to nature for inspiration, I find endless beauty in the natural world, it could be a floral print design, or even a doodle of my cat!
What is the most exciting piece of design work you've been involved in?
As a fashion student, I spent months interning at design studios in London. The most exciting part would have working on the SS13 Alexander Mcqueen collection, with the embroidery team. Being part of such an exciting creative process was unforgettable.
What are you working on at the moment and what are your hopes for the future?
After completing my degree in 2014, I went on to become a designer at a Lingerie Trend consultancy in London. Here, I am able to be highly creative, designing trend-led prints, garments and illustrations for trendbooks. In the near future, I will be making the move to become a freelance designer. I hope to focus on my print design and illustration in particular, broadening my experience into more areas of the industry, such as graphic and surface design.