Rhianne Sian Designs
Meet the Maker - Rhianne Sian
What do you do?
My name is Rhianne and I am an illustrator and surface pattern designer from Consett, County Durham.
I sell a range of my own artwork, gifts, stationery, bone china and homeware online and in various galleries and gift shops across the UK.
All of the fabric designs used on my products originate from my own artwork. Each illustration is digitally developed where I add various layers of detail, colour and texture. My illustrations are then collaged together to create contemporary and sophisticated surface design. All fabric and products are proudly printed and made in the UK by carefully selected manufacturers who share our same ethos in high quality design.
How did you get started?
I have been obsessed with art and design for as long as I can remember. At a young age, I was fascinated by the creative opportunities that were arising in digital design. I would sit on my computer and create pretty website layouts for my friends, design party invitations and gifts. Looking back now, it seemed like I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I was older, without even realising it.
After studying Art & Design throughout School, College and University, in 2017, I graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Textiles and Surface Design from the Northern College of Art and Design.
For years I dreamt of owning my own business and after spending some time exhibiting my designs and working in London, I decided to follow my dream and Rhianne Siân Designs was established later that year!
Is this your full time job?
I am very lucky to be working on my business full time. Every day is different, and that is how I love to work!
My working week consists of commissions and bespoke work, creating new designs and products, packing online sales, working on promotion/ marketing, working with suppliers and stockists as well as exhibiting at retail and trade shows.
Where do you create?
I currently create in my home studio - this is where I mainly create my artwork and develop my designs into the products you see. I take a lot of inspiration from my rural surroundings, travel, nature and architecture but would love to travel more, it has always been a dream to create more artwork ‘on the go’ inspired by various cultures and traditions. I would also love to have a creative team around me one day and to have an open studio for people to visit.
Tea or coffee?
like either, it’s usually the mug that I use which is the more difficult decision for me!
Where is your favourite local place?
There are so many special places in County Durham that I adore, it would be impossible for me to choose just one. But The Botanical Gardens and Crook Hall and Gardens are two of my favourite places in the City! They are absolutely stunning and I have so many lovely memories of them both.