Contemporary Printed Textiles Practice and Surface Design

Contemporary Printed Textiles and Surface Design Practice

Friday 30 June

14:00 - 15.00


Kate Farley

Emma Shipley

Sarah Campbell

Deborah Bowness

Designer and Associate Professor in Design at Norwich University of the Arts, UK, and Author of her recently published book Repeat Printed Pattern for Interiors, Kate Farley, is joined by an expert panel from the field of surface pattern design including Emma Shipley, Sarah Campbell, and Deb Bowness.

All talks and workshops are free to attend with a valid ticket to New Designers. To attend a talk or workshop please book your ticket to New Designers, making sure to book on the corresponding day. You may then reserve your place to attend the talk or workshop using the link below.

Kate Farley, Associate Professor of Design at Norwich University of the Arts combines a design practice with the academic role of Course Leader of BA Textile Design. Her book, REPEAT Printed Pattern for Interiors, was published by Bloomsbury in early 2023.

She has been awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her sustained impact in Higher Education.

Kate’s practice-based research explores the notion of pattern communication as narrative through printed design structures. This combines Kate’s interest in traditional pattern making, cultural heritage and contemporary design opportunities. With clients such as Transport for London, David Mellor Design, Barbican Centre London, Birmingham International Airport and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Birmingham, Kate has fulfilled commissions for bespoke pattern, designing for retail products, large-scale exterior surface design projects and public spaces. Kate has launched three collections under her own brand since 2012 featuring giftware and interior products with a focus on British manufacturing. Kate’s work is held in collections including Tate, British Library, Yale Centre for British Art and London Transport Museum. 

Emma J Shipley is a British designer creating accessories and homeware for nature lovers, dreamers, and maximalists. The designs are all hand-drawn in  pencil; inspired by myths, legends and the unique beauty of the natural world.

The famous boutique Browns launches Emma’s graduate collection of printed scarves in 2012, and the brand is now stocked in some of the best department stores and boutiques around the world, including Liberty and Harrods in London. Emma also collaborates with high-profile brands, and has worked with Disney on a Star Wars collection, Aspinal of London on a collection of printed leather bags, and Atelier Swarovski on a jewellery line.

Emma J Shipley creates original designs that spark the imagination, to be treasured for years to come…

Sarah Campbell is an internationally acclaimed textile designer who, together with her late sister Susan Collier, founded and ran a ground-breaking and renowned design partnership, creating iconic fabrics for the industry’s greatest names for more than 50 years. Love of pattern and colour and an inventive freshness are the hallmarks of her work. She now works on her own – making, teaching, writing, and continuing to paint designs on cloth and paper both for commercial production and to special commission. She is the author of the recently published Hand-Painted Textiles, a Practical Guide to the Art of Paintng on Fabric and co-author, with Emma Shackleton, of The Collier Campbell Archive, fifty years of passion in pattern.

Deborah Bowness is an award winning wallpaper and print maker. Inspired by everyday objects and making art useful. Her innovative trompe l’oeil prints are held in collections worldwide including the V&A, The Cooper Hewitt and Museum des Arts Decoratifs.