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Textile Designer Eleanor Fausing

April 5, 2023

Sometimes, a new fabric designer appears on my radar, who's designs simply catch my eye. Eleanor Fausing is one of these new designers, with a collection of hand drawn linens. Taking her inspiration from nature, Eleanor has created a stunning collection of biophilic designs.

Eleanor Fausing  - Textile Designer - Moodboard

Sometimes, a new textile designer appears on my radar, who’s designs simply catch my eye. Eleanor Fausing is one of these new designers, with a collection of hand drawn linens for interiors. Taking her inspiration from nature, Eleanor has created a stunning collection of designs based on biophilic principles.

I was very fortunate to catch up with Eleanor recently, when she delivered her new sample box of beautiful linens. Over a cup of tea, we chatted for ages on all things textile designing, linens and the world of interiors.

Can you tell us a little about your textile design background and what led you to designing?

I started my business during the second UK COVID-19 lockdown. I had previously lived in Switzerland, France, and Italy, working as an Alpine Ski Instructor. However the double whammy of Covid and Brexit enabled me to look at what I wanted to do in a different way. I was about to embark upon a career in design before I trained as a ski instructor, so during the second lockdown, I started painting and creating designs again.

Inspiration is so important in our work. As a textile designer, what inspiration do you draw from?

Nature has always been a source of inspiration to me. I was drawn to the mountains at a very young age and it’s a love affair that will never end. Although I love to study small details like the veins on a single leaf, I feel most calm when overpowered by nature. It’s one reason I feel so good when I am surrounded by mountains. There have been periods of my life where I’ve struggled with my mental health and being surrounded by mountains really helped as they showed me that my difficulties were vastly insignificant compared to the landscape around me. This is what I try to capture in my designs, the simplicity of nature and the amazing effect it has on us. I am still very much drawn to the outdoors back in the UK and find myself photographing trees and leaves wherever I go!

Eleanor Fausing  - Textile Desinger- by Emma Jackson
Eleanor Fausing  - Textile Designer by Emma Jackson

Images by Emma Jackson Photography & Art Director / Styling by Ellena Border

Can you tell us about your creative process when you are developing a new design?

I find it difficult to organise time to be creative, so I really am at the mercy of my brain and when it decides to kick into gear.  I feel most creative when I have space to breathe and feel calm. This is why I try to surround myself with lots of plants, natural colours, and organic materials in my home. Once I have a theme or plant I would like to draw, I will envisage the entire print fully in my head before I connect pen to paper. I like to draw from real objects but that isn’t always possible, so I often have my head in buried botanical or landscape photography books! Once I am happy with my hand-drawn print, I will take it into Photoshop to finalise the repeat. This is a really fun part of the process as you can start to see the final design come to life quickly! It’s also great to be able to produce mock-ups where I can test out the size and scale of the design, so that I get it right before doing my first test run at the printers.

What is your inspiration behind your first collection?

This new collection is all about bringing a slice of the outdoors indoors, to help ease stress and promote a sense of calm. My fabrics bridge the gap between nature and contemporary interiors, with a focus on natural materials and colours. I have never been that interested in flowers, but I have a strong connection to leaves, branches, and the textures found within nature. Every print in this new collection has been inspired by either an individual leaf, textures within leaves, or a selection of leaves from the same species. Choosing the colour palette was a real challenge. My go-to colour will always be green, so forcing myself to branch out from there was tricky but enjoyable once I got going! The colourways available are stone, natural, olive, ochre, and petrol.

Images by Emma Jackson Photography & Art Director / Styling by Ellena Border

Who or what inspires you the most?

Nature would have to proudly sit at the top of the list of things I am inspired by. It’s quite clear through my design that this is the case. I have also always enjoyed doing my own thing and forging my own path, and I am inspired by others who do the same. I have recently been diagnosed with both Autism and ADHD, so I look to other people in the media who embrace these conditions too.

A short list of those who inspire me would be David Attenborough, Roger Federer, and Emma Watson.

Our homes are such an important part of who we are. What feelings describe a home for you?

Home is like a big sigh of relief. Somewhere you can feel comforted, secure, and calm.

And finally, what do you look forward to most when you return home at the end of a busy day?

A big cup of tea! As my social battery runs out very quickly, at the end of the day I can feel physically and mentally drained. I love to come home, flop down onto my sofa and feel completely weightless. Lots of lovely cushions and a soft rug under my feet will do the trick. I love the feeling of natural materials on my skin, and this is another reason I chose to print my fabrics on 100% linen. There is something so comforting about linen and, as it ages, it only gets softer!

Images & Styling by Helen Izzard

If you are interested, do have a look at Eleanor’s website here Eleanor Fausing

Please share this journal post with friends and do let me know if you have any questions. If you’d like to chat about bespoke curtains and roman blinds, find out how I can help you create a bespoke home or would love to see more of this new collection of linens, I would love to hear from you.