Lara Mantell

Lara studied textiles in Brighton, and is an inspirational, creative print designer. She has sold work to major fashion brands, printed scarfs and hangings, and exhibited her intricate fabric designs. Lara paints, researches sustainability, and collaborates on artistic projects. She is an experienced and accomplished drawing and fabric design tutor.

How would you describe your approach to teaching?

I enjoy sharing my creative practice, repertoire of print and design knowledge, and passion for colour and pattern. I bring originality and structure to the excitement of botanical fabric printing.

What inspires your own work?

I draw from observation; the inspiration is predominantly landscapes, gardens and foliage. My printed textile designs are lyrical and abstracted representations of this environment; rhythmical, colourful and joyful fabrics.

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