Jacqueline Colley is a printed textile designer based in Hackney, with over eight years experience working for brands including Oasis and H&M as well as teaching at the V&A. Jacqueline specialises in creating prints, inspired by habitats as diverse as the desert and rainforest. Her own name brand is where she expresses her deep love of nature. Each surface pattern begins it’s life as individual hand drawn artworks. These are compiled into rich and intricate prints. Which are applied across products including limited edition art prints for the home, stationery, gift wrap and home textiles.
Graduating from Chelsea College of Art in 2008 with a portfolio stuffed with illustrations, Colley was picked up by a H&M graduate programme and relocated to Sweden to start her career in textiles. With a passion for travelling and a love for gardens and history museums, this talented designer uses the inspirations she’s finds on her travels to inform and drive her work. For example, after visiting Marrakech and Les Jardins Majorelles and observing the stunning variety of cacti and plants, Colley altered her sketchbooks and designs to be repeat patterns.
Soon after leaving full time employment as a textile designer, Colley went freelance and started focusing on her own designs and brand. “I’ve been expanding my range ever since, adding prints and applying them regularly to different products and mediums. This has been a good way to showcase my design and style and has lead to collaborations with Heals, Swoon Editions, and Geo Fleur.
Branching out into the future, Colley has discovered the art of screen printing and has been making small runs of prints informed her obsessive love of natural history and botanical drawings. And a recent trip to California has rekindled her love of cacti and plants once again.