We couldn’t be more excited to announce that our next instalment of The Designer Project will be focusing on the incredible work of Sydney-based designer Susanna Jarman! Susanna’s passion for homemaking, love of all things 1960’s and 1970’s and experience working as a Studio Manager in a Graphic Design and Print Company have all influenced her approach to creating surface pattern designs. The artist produces her surface designs through the label “Elm Road” which is named after the road that her grandparent’s home was on.
Susanna is typically inspired by nature, especially the beautiful surrounds of the Northern Beaches which is where she lives. The designer creates prints which are clean, bold and colourful, and we simply can’t get enough! We’re thrilled that Susanna has made a range of her stunning designs available in our Fabric Shop online and can’t wait to see all the different types of projects you introduce them to! Below we’ve shared a little bit about each of the designs, including the designer’s inspiration and the different types of products we would love to see them used for. Keep reading to find out more about Susanna’s delightful designs!
Sydney’s summer played a huge role in inspiring Susanna’s “Hibiscus” design, with the colour range based on beautiful chilled summer fruits; limes, tangerines and oranges. “Hibiscus” visualises the artists happy memories of swimming, surfing and spending nights socialising and laughing with friends. Simple lines and solid bright colours are the perfect combination! “Hibiscus” is available in three gorgeous colourways; “Tangerine”, “Lime” and “Orange and Lilac”.
“Hibiscus” is a wonderfully versatile print and would be great for swimwear and beachwear, outdoor living, kaftans and bedding.
“Rocks Skandi” is a hand-drawn pattern that kept changing over time. Simplicity became key with this design, focusing on the form of the strong motifs and richness of the mossy tones.
“Rocks Skandi” is a truly timeless design to use across homewares and fashion. We would love to see the design used for skirts, dresses, wide leg pants and bedding!
“Hydrangea Moptop” is inspired by Susanna’s whimsical childhood memories of playing amongst the colourful hydrangeas at her grandparents’ home on Elm Road. The design features a crisp illustrations of the flowers resulting in floral print that feels contemporary and versatile. “Hydrangea Moptop” is available in two stunning colourways; “Cream” and “Buff”.
“Hydrangea Moptop” would be a fantastic design to use for wallpaper, upholstery and soft furnishings.
“Hydrangea Lacecap Steely Blue” is also inspired by the thick bed of hydrangeas at the designer’s grandparents’ home. To this day the flowers still offer a deep sense of warmth and security. The design features stripped back hydrangea motifs set against a heavenly cool background. (“Hydrangea Lacecap Steely Blue” has more negative space between the floral motifs when compared with the similar “Hydrangea Moptop” print.)
We think “Hydrangea Lacecap Steely Blue” would be gorgeous to use for tableware, statement cushion covers and bedding.
The possibilities really are endless with these designs and our suggestions above are just to get the creative wheels turning! Each of Susanna’s designs are available to be printed onto any of our stock fabrics. Simply head to our Fabric Shop online, choose the design you would like to use, and select the base cloth that’s right for your project!