Freya Gardner is a British designer specialising in illustrative surface design for luxury fashion, homeware and fine art prints. Focus is placed on excellence in quality and craftsmanship. The value of process, exploration & integration of slow design & digital craft principles lie at the heart of the studio.
Freya's work marries her affinity for fine art and science. This fusion is brought together in a distinctive visual language, which celebrates the nature world often with an added touch of whimsy; bringing attention to its curiosities and hidden wonders.
Rich in detail, colour and character, Freya's designs offer a contemporary twist to traditional draughtsmanship. Alongside this signature aesthetic is a strong methodology, which is underpinned by the desire to preserve and celebrate artisanal skills, whilst embracing digital technology and sustainable production methods.
Every element is hand-drawn in fine detail by Freya. Many of her signature designs are created using only pen, paper and the simple technique of stippling. Each component is scanned, digitally coloured and assembled to create the final composition; a process that can take several weeks. These designs are digitally printed onto responsibly sourced papers and silks, using top quality manufacturers in the UK.
Freya graduated from the prestigious Royal College of Art in 2016 and has collaborated with brands including The National Trust, WGSN (World's Global Style Network), Monsoon Accessorize, and Marks & Spencer to name a few. After her Masters degree, Freya went onto work at the Arts University Bournemouth, where she held the position of Specialist Technical Instructor in Printed & Dyed Textiles for several years. Today, she continues to be active as a creative consultant and lectures across secondary, further & higher education.