Wall Paintings

Blandat is… A print design studio and brand, creating prints with a little edge. Blandat also has its own capsule collection of clothing. What and who inspires your prints? Nature is always a big inspiration and Africa as a continent is an inspiration bomb. There is plenty to draw from! Where and how did you learn the art of illustrating? At art school you learn many disciplines; there is no limit. I like making prints and developing products. I was always drawing as a kid. Art school teaches you to explore new boundaries and techniques, and to think ‘out of the box’. Creating your own style and concepts never stops. Tell us about your technique/s? I draw and paint by hand, then I put everything together on the computer and create combinations and repetitions.

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You are about to launch a capsule collection. What can we expect? The collection will comprise chic basics but with simple shapes and oversized fits, all in Blandat printed fabrics or with printed appliqué and embroidered parts. A kimono dress, boxy tops, a tee dress, simple vests, an oversized straight coat and some accessories such as scarves. Favourite item currently in your closet? An oversized top with a dropped shoulder line.

I like roomy fits and oversized coats. On your fashion radar for 2015? The wide, straight silhouette is something you can’t ignore. If you could dress one celebrity, who would it be? I think it would be a woman like Erykah Badu. Strong and independent, she’s not afraid of making a statement in any way. And she is a classic beauty… Best piece of career advice ever given to you? My husband told me to give up my job, believe in myself and start my own company. The best advice ever. Although it would have been easier to continue working for a boss, it wasn’t satisfying. £ Blandat-studio.com

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