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HATTI PATTISSON - ARTIST, DESIGNER, MASTER PLATE SPINNER

We recently caught up with Edinburgh-based artist Hatti Pattisson, as part of our meet the Pad designer series. Our relationship with Hatti is particularly special as she was one of the first local creatives we stocked at Pad, and we have loved working with her over the last two years.

Hatti is a multi disciplined artist and one of our favourite gals to catch up with over a cup of tea to discuss new design ideas and future collaborations. Primarily a painter, and a prolific one at that, in 2013 Hatti launched her own textile range, featuring beautiful cushions, fabrics and hand foiled lampshades.

Since then Hatti has designed two luxury suites for the G&V Hotel in Edinburgh, and has her work displayed on the walls and sofa's of the exclusive Three Chimneys, on the Isle of Skye. At Pad we stock a range of Hatti's cushions, as well as her very popular bespoke ceiling shades, which have been keeping our customers completely mesmerised whenever they visit!

We work with our customers to specify their very own Hatti Pattisson shade for their home - choosing from various colours of silk or linen and a design by the artist for the inner or outer shade. With twinkling foils, hand applied by Hatti, that glimmer in the light it's really a very special creation.

We've also recently added a range of Hatti's limited edition prints to the Pad collection, which she very cleverly finishes by hand in her trademark textured paint and foils. And last year we commissioned a special collection of shoes for Hatti and another of our designers, Natascha Sawney of Manchester-based Taschka shoes.

It's fair to say that Hatti is a very busy lady. And when you consider that she has already enjoyed a fabulous 15 year career to date and she only just turned 30, she really is incredibly inspiring. The sky is the limit for Hatti and we can't wait to get our hands on her next textile collection!

 Meantime, this is what she had to say about her inspirations, what drives her and how she manages to keep her various creative plates spinning....

WHAT INSPIRES YOUR ART?

I started painting at a young age and it has always provided a huge emotional release for me. From the very beginning, my family and friends could see that painting was an important outlet for me and I am fortunate that they really supported and encouraged me. Looking back, I can see that expressing myself artistically was a way of coping with Dyslexia and providing a personal space where I could convey myself fully and truly.

Growing up by the coast hugely influenced my work and early pieces focused on abstract, expressive interpretations of the water and the great expanse of sea surrounding me. These are still some of the biggest themes in my work, although I would describe my paintings now as 'dreamscapes' - a reflection of my surroundings intermixed with thoughts, memories and emotions that carry a dream like quality. Some of my pieces are more literal representations of places. I've recently started to revisit the more abstracted style of my early work, deconstructing places and spaces in my memory to explore the depth and strength of my relationship to the sea. 

WHAT MAKES YOU TICK?

Creating - I love nothing more than beginning a new painting or textile project. Painting is at the very core of me, and I cant imagine not ever doing it. It's a very individual process and I feel that even if my work wasn't for sale, I would need to satisfy this urge regardless. I am humbled that my work has resonated with other people and I have been able to focus on it without having a 'day job' to support my passion. In fact, my painting sales supported me through art college and facilitated setting up my textile business too. 

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY IN THE STUDIO?

I'm lucky that painting and creating are very much part of my daily routine. There tend to be several plates spinning at once, and this has become an art in itself to juggle. Two years ago I took the leap and brought on board business support from a great friend who had been helping behind the scenes for a few years. Now we are a team of two and the juggling is a little more straight forward and great fun, as well as freeing up much more time for me to paint each day.

Yesterday was a great day which kicked off with making some design decisions on my new range of clutch bags; some work on a commission painting; updating my website with new limited edition prints; an interview with a magazine as well as some nitty gritty admin, which is less fun but an essential part of daily business!  

WHERE DID YOU FIRST DEVELOP YOUR INTEREST IN TEXTILES?

I have always blurred the lines between my art and design, thinking of ways that my work could be translated into different mediums. I chose to study textiles, not painting, at college because I was already selling my paintings and I wanted to develop my style in my own time. I'd always had an interest in working with fabric and was really excited to learn new skills and explore this independently of my painting. It wasn't until a few years after graduating that I started to experiment with incorporating my paintings into designs for fabric. From there, it's grown arms and legs and I now produce a wide range of textile and lighting products.

IS THE INTERIOR DESIGN AND TEXTILES ELEMENT OF YOUR WORK SOMETHING YOU SEE EXPANDING, AND WHERE?

Definitely! In addition to planning and painting for this year's exhibition schedule, there are a few new textile projects I'm really excited about. New for 2017 is a range of clutch bags made in luxury, hand foiled velvet using my artwork fabrics. The initial run of samples was very well received and now we are tweaking the designs for the next set of prototypes.

I am also in the early stages of collaborating with the incredibly talented carpenter and furniture designer Jonathan Pang. Jonathan creates stunning wooden cases and boxes, in addition to making hand crafted furniture. I have also been working with Turnberry Rugworks to create two bespoke hand tufted rugs called 'Shoreline' and 'Contrast'. These are both loose, abstract designs inspired by my painting. Hopefully these will be launched later this year.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE THIS WITH YOUR PAINTING, OR IS IT AN EXTENSION OF YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?

 My textiles are very much an extension of my painting, as each design stems from an original artwork. It's a symbiotic relationship. Although I don't create paintings just to make fabric from, there is always a little voice asking 'would this work?

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE ARTIST?

That's a really tricky one to answer, so I'll have to narrow it down to two. Anselm Kiefer's work is raw and beautiful with incredible depth and texture. I was shown some of his painting by a collector very early in my career and I have followed his work closely ever since. His 2007 exhibition in Paris simply took my breath away. Joan Eardley is a huge inspiration too. The way she uses paint to convey the many facets of the sea is so honest and raw. Her brushwork, use of colour and light make the paintings seem weathered by the elements which I love.

 WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN?

Know your strengths and weaknesses. It's the only way you can improve and move further towards your goals. Recognising the areas I needed help with prompted me to bring another skill set into the business and moving from 'me' to 'us' have strengthened my business immensely. It's great to share the highs and lows of running a business as well as having someone to do a happy dance with when we get good news! 

WHAT DO YOU DO TO CHILL OUT?

I love to get out for a good walk in nature with friends. Fresh air, great company and laughter are some of my most important ingredients for a happy life! Otherwise, curling up on the sofa with my beloved cat Twiglet, listening to my boyfriend Mike tinker away composing a new piece of music as he often does. 

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT BEING A CREATIVE IN TODAY'S WORLD?

Social media has really changed the game for creatives. We can connect, share and support each other, making a vast accessible network. As an artist its easy to work in a bubble and feel quite isolated. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter not only connect us with our clients, but to each other too, and this opens up a huge pool of potential and opportunity.  

Thanks to Hatti for this fascinating insight into her world as an artist and textiles entrepreneur!