We have enjoyed printing Aleksandra’s wonderful painted flowers over the last year, and are so pleased she has shared with us here the story of her upholstered chair. Thanks Aleksandra!
The Mythical Fern Flower
Words and pictures copyright of Aleksandra Lejman
My main aim was to design and produce a professional fabric for upholstery. I was inspired by my old chair found at a car boot sale. The chair was in poor condition so I wanted to renew it and give a breath of something new created by me. That’s why I focused on designing the right fabric for upholstery.
Some of us are familiar with the story of a magical fern flower which blooms for a very short time on the eve of the Summer solstice. The flower brings fortune and luck to person who finds it. My fabrics inspired by mentioned fern flower are a pencil drawing and they have been developed with Adobe Photoshop and then printed digitally.
Drawing the Flower
The Finished Chair at My Degree Show
Through a lot of samples and experiments with digital print I came up with my final fabric for upholstery.
I printed my design on to cotton sateen digitally and then contacted with a professional local upholsterer. He helped me to finish my old chair.
The Finished Chair at the Cornwall Design Fair
My works (my chair and fabrics) were shortlisted to go on display at the Cornwall Design Fair in Penzance! It is a high end contemporary crafts fair similar to the Bovey Tracey contemporary crafts fair.
Aleksandra can be contacted via her blog: http://aleksdotdesign.blogspot.co.uk/ (link opens in new window)