Studio Visit: Clarissa Hulse
In October, we took a visit to a very special studio. We were welcomed in by Clarissa Hulse and her gorgeous team to their beautiful, glass-roofed, white-walled, studio in Islington. Sitting down with a cup of tea and a rocky road, Upper Street’s Molly spoke to Clarissa about how it all began…
What inspired you to start your business?
I started my business by accident... I had a studio in a place called ‘Cockpit Workshops’ in London and they had open studios one summer. At the time I was hand printing scarves, and had a small collection which I was selling. A talent scout from the Department store Barneys came round and organised a meeting with the buyer and before I knew it I had an order for a few hundred scarves. They sold out really quickly and the next order was for 500! This followed with orders from Libertys, Harrods and lots of other stores around the world. So before I knew it I had a business hand printing scarves!
What are some of the inspirations behind your prints?
All my designs are from photographs I take of plants that I collect from all around the world. I have images from all over the world; Costa Rica, Greece, South Africa, St Lucia, Greece and of course lots from the UK.
When you have a new project idea, how do you go about starting it?
I use the images in the photos that I have taken. We work on them on Photoshop and create design which we then put onto silk screens. We then use these screens to experiment with different colours and print techniques on fabrics and paper.
What is the best part of your job?
I love the design part, it’s fun experimenting and seeing what comes out. I also love it when we develop new products and seeing them come back fully made. I am so lucky to be able to see the work from concept to finished piece.