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Design portraits: Deryn Relph: New Designers 2011 | by Barbara Chandler
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Design portraits: Deryn Relph: New Designers 2011

Meeting Deryn at New Designers was truly inspirational. Here is a woman who not only has abundant and imaginative talents with colour and product, but also has gone back to college to acquire new skills - no mean feat with teenage children.

She has developed very fine knitting techniques for her quirky jaunty cushionis and lampshades, adding bobbles and pompons with abandon. and even re-upholstering a rescued lounge chair.

Her website could be a template for many others, and I am pleased to quote from it:



"Deryn Relph is a textile designer, with a love of colour, pattern and texture, who likes to think creatively about the use of textiles she designs and constructs.


“Although I specialised in knitted textiles for Interior use during my BA(Hons) Textile Design at Winchester School of Art, I merge this with previous upholstery and furnishing skills to create unique and contemporary solutions to an idea.


Versatility is something I believe to be important, and I am keen to think ‘outside the box’ and take on any challenges for which my textile background might hold the key!


Issues affecting the Environment, and Sustainable design underpin my design ethos, and consideration to ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ is made throughout the process, with use of colour and technical ability aiding the solutions.


Working from a studio at my South coast, Hampshire home, I often re-invent discarded furniture and lightshades, making them desirable in a contemporary home. Informed and considerate choices are made in selecting fibres and yarns which come predominantly from factory surplus stocks.”


“Inspiration for my work is often taken from aspects of nature, particularly structures, or scientific imagery.


Nostalgia and evoking an emotional response to engage the user with an object play a part – if something makes us happy, or we love it for the memories it brings I believe we will treasure it for longer rather than send it to landfill.

Retro influences are often evident in my designs, inspired by my own childhood memories and happy times.”


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Taken on July 9, 2011