This month we have chosen Rebecca J Coles, read on to find out who she would most like to invite to a dinner party...
Rebecca J Coles, can you tell me a bit more about yourself and why you began designing?
I have always been interested in making things and art. I loved art at school and the natural path was to go onto Art School, which I did and that led me to specialize in Woven Textiles. I completed both a BA and MA in the subject still not knowing quite which direction it was going to take me, and after years of just that, not quite knowing, and after I had finished renovating a house I thought I would turn my eye to making things again. This is when I started experimenting with cutting out paper. My ideas developed and I then I thought I must try selling some work, and I succeeded, and it all started then. It really was that simple and that organic for me. I was rather lucky.
Which designers/artists do you admire?
Sebastian Cox is a new favourite. My house is filled with different things made from wood, and I am soon to own one of his pieces. He recently collaborated with the kitchen company â€˜DeVOLâ€™ so that is also on my dream wish list.Â Laura Carlinâ€™s illustrations make me smile, and Iâ€™ve started collecting miniature wooden houses by Yukihiro Akama. These are just perfect in my eyes!
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An accountant when I was really small, because I was the only one I knew who rather enjoyed maths. I didnâ€™t even know what an accountant did then! My thoughts on the matter changed all the time, but they were always linked to something creative. I liked the idea of being a stylist, and a florist. The style of fIoristry I love is a real art, which involves such natural talent, and I can tell you that I am so far from having it, it is rather amusing when you see my floral displays.
What do you do when you arenâ€™t working?
At the moment, garden! My answer would generally be pottering around the house and seeing friends and family.
Whereâ€™s your favourite place in the world?
Home! And my parents home! And Cornwall. I feel very safe in all three places.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Just keep working hard. Push forward ideas and approach the right people. Itâ€™s a difficult one for me to answer, as I believe I have been rather lucky to get to where I have got to. I didnâ€™t have a fixed agenda, or an end goal, I just kept working, creating and my work carried me forward.
Which three people (famous or otherwise) would you most like to invite to a dinner party?
The landscape designer Piet Oudolf, as I find his work simply beautiful. Iâ€™ve just moved house and the outside space needs a lot of landscaping. Thankfully gardening is becoming a huge interest to me, so I favour plenty of inspiration. Oudolf has just designed the gardens at Hauser and Wirth in Bruton, so itâ€™s great to have his work pretty much on our door step.
The founders of â€˜Retrouviusâ€™, Adam Hills and Maria Speake. They own an architectural salvage and design business, and I love every project they have been involved in.(â€¦since my second choice was a couple, and if I was allowed a third, I would have to be cheeky and invite the actor Bradley Cooper. My partner would find this hilarious and I in fact would be far too shy, and wouldnâ€™t even be able to be in the same room).
Cats or dogs?
Both! Iâ€™ve grown up with animals and find that life and home is pretty empty without them. Primarily I lean more towards dogs. Â I have a dog and my partner has a dog, so it would be very much â€˜catch me if you canâ€™ if we had a cat as well.
What life lessons have been most important?
Oh I donâ€™t really know, be nice and smile a lot!
What is your favourite film?
There are too many, and the range of films I like is ridiculous. Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™m meant to answer with an artistic, intellectual or classic example so to impress, but I am just as happy to watch the likes of â€˜Wolverineâ€™ as much as I am to watch the â€˜Kingâ€™s Speechâ€™.
Do you have any unusual talents?
Not that Iâ€™m aware ofâ€¦â€¦..
Whatâ€™s your most important possession?
My dog Pops, also known as Poppy Coles, or Popsicals! However, sheâ€™s not really a possession, more of a family member, so I would have to say a piece of art by Wycliffe Stutchbury. I commissioned the piece and it was the first bit of art work I owned.
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