Natalie Ratcliffe is a Surface Pattern Designer and Printmaker who has recently gained a First Class Honours degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design from Leeds College of Art.
Having exhibited at the New Designers 2013 Exhibition in London, she was awarded both the New Designers John Lewis Award for Design Excellence & Innovation and the New Designers Wilkinson Award for Commercial Surface Design
Her design work combines traditional printmaking techniques with contemporary practices such as computer-aided design, as she strives to preserve and enhance one alongside the other.
Taking inspiration from nature, particularly the springtime and her past travels to far away places; she draws through the layering of marks and textures. Her approach is experimental, playful and often explores a range of multimedia processes.
She specialises in surface pattern design for wallpaper, home ware and furnishings. However, the combination of hand generated and digital techniques allow Natalie’s design process to have versatility and ensure that it can be commercially viable and applied to a variety of surfaces. Creative thinking and a vivid imagination generate a collection of ideas, which inform an eclectic and wide ranging mix of print designs. This has been demonstrated by Natalie’s recent successful scarf and design collaborations with Beta Fashion.
Natalie is available for freelance design work, commissions and collaborations within a variety of creative disciplines.