After meeting Hayley and her prize winning British Lop and Saddleback pigs last week, I came back to the studio and started to do a few sketches from some of the photographs that I had taken and Hayley had kindly given me from agricultural shows. Hayley's pigs had so much character and personality and I really wanted to be able to illustrate these traits through my designs.
From the pencil sketches that I did of the pigs I then created handmade stamps from the shapes within my drawings. In the images above you can see some of the work in progress and the colour palette that I was using.
Here are the final prints that I created in response to all the imagery I collected from my visit to Hayley's farmyard. I learnt so much from my afternoon spent with Hayley and her pigs, it is so interesting to learn about other people's animals and find out what first inspired them to start out. I hope I have managed to capture a little part of Hayley's story through my new designs.
Keep an eye out for whose farm gate I will be looking over next.
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’