One of the reasons I wanted to start this blog was to get the chance to talk to as many people as I could within farming, find out about their animals, passions and interests. Most of my designs are inspired by farm life, the animals and surroundings here on my family farm, but I saw the blog as a chance to collect inspiration from other peoples farms and hobbies.
After speaking to Cecily, I came back to the studio with some great images of her chickens. After telling me that the Buff Orpington's were her favourite breed, I knew that I wanted to do a print inspired by them. I also really love the light sussex and thought that they would work really effectively as a simple print with their monochrome colour palette.
These are some very quick sketches that I did from the photographs that I took of the cockerels. From these sketches I then create my handmade stamps.
Here are a couple of the final prints that I created in response to all the imagery I collected from Cecily's chickens, It is really important to me that all my design's have a 'story' behind them. I am very excited that through this blog and my designs I will be able to tell other people's stories.
I am Izzi, farmer’s daughter and textile designer at IzziRainey. If I am not designing or sewing you will find me out in the farmyard with my cattle. I am constantly seeking inspiration for my prints, not that I have to look very far. Growing up on the farm, I have always been influenced by my surroundings and this combined with my passion for farming is what inspires my designs. I love spending time on the farm but I also enjoy learning about other people’s animals, passions and stories, which are also influential to my design process. I hope you enjoy reading ‘Over the Farm Gate’