Spotlight Q+A: A Textile Designer's Mind
Natasha, how do you capture creative ideas?
I have always taken photos virtually every day of my life so I am inspired wherever I am by what is around me. During art school days my main inspiration came from photos I took of pavements! I get to travel a lot wit my work which is great for inspiring new patterns and colours. I love keeping a weekly Monday Blog (http://www.natashamarshall.com/editorial/blog/) to capture the photos I take each week and using my Instagram account to capture images. As I see things it helps us with new ideas either that month or even years later.
How did you get started?
I grew up in a creative family and loved seeing people doing what they loved for their day to day job or having to do it after work. I always loved cooking and art myself so my career choices were between these two areas. I decided after work experiences and an art foundation course that my route was textiles and it was during my degree at Glasgow School Of Art that I decided to specialise in Interior Textiles.
How would you describe your own design work?
My own taste in interiors is very clean and architectural and I felt that there were no fabrics and wallpapers at the time, in 1997, that answered this look. Therefore I decided straight after graduating to set up my own business to give this look to the interior market. I have been passionate ever since about design and how the space we live in enhances our lives. A beautiful mix of textures, colour, pattern and art bring a beautiful special aesthetic to a space that enhances our happiness.
Who inspired you along the way?
I think my desire to start my own company was inspired by living for a few years with my aunt and uncle, watching them working together as sculptors, seeing how they loved what they did and made a business from this work. Also working in the summers with another aunt who ran her own company and hearing her stories of running her own film pr company in the 50’s with all the leading stars of the time. Plus watching my Mum travel the world as an opera singer doing what she loved as well as being a wonderful parent and my father making furniture in his spare time.