This week we interviewed the designer Natasha Eveleigh - one of the winners in the Make It In Design Summer School that we sponsored. Her own brand of British-inspired illustrated florals, bold colours and iconic graphics make her work eye-catching and unique.

We asked her a couple of questions about her inspirations and projects to learn more about her.

 What is your studio name and location?

Natasha Eveleigh Design located in South West Somerset

- Which design school did you study at ( if you did)? 

I am a self taught designer, always picking up tips and inspirations where I can. I have completed the first 2 Make it in Design courses and taken part in as many competitions as I can to really challenge myself and expand my portfolio.

Blue Floral

- When did you first start being interested in design? 

  I have always had a passion for art and design. My love for pattern and colour is obvious throughout my home, in what I wear and now in the designs I create. Despite studying a-level art at college I followed a different path and became a nurse. This has been an amazing career, enabling me to travel the world and work with some wonderful people, unfortunately this left my creative path untrodden.

It was when I became a mum 2 years ago that I couldn't hold my creativity back  any longer. That's when I discovered the world of surface pattern design, and became completely addicted. So I took the plunge to follow my dream and signed up for the first Make it in Design course, I haven't looked back since.

 - Describe your style for us in 10 words? 

 Hand drawn illustrations with bold pallets creating a fresh look.

 - What / who are your major influences? 

 I'm mainly Influenced by nature and love what different cultures have to offer to the pattern world.   

- What are you working on at the moment? 

 I am currently working on a collaboration with my sister for a gift card collection and soon to be starting the Make it in Design course ,  Module 3. 

- What do you hope to accomplish in the future? 

 I hope to be able to be a succesful pattern designer with my own brand one day.

- What tips would you give new designers starting out? 

 Don't compare yourself with others and be yourself. Keep going, never give up on your dreams. Work hard to make them a reality and you will live a happy life.

Thanks for all your insight Natasha, we look forward to seeing how you grow your already talented design skills in the future...

You can buy her designs from her Fashion Formula shop here