In Conversation with . . . Teyssier

WHERE ARE YOU WRITING THIS FROM?

I am writing this from my studio at home in Wales. I feel very lucky to be able to spend lockdown here in the glorious countryside surrounded by fresh air with views of fields of sheep and cows and the Black Mountains in the distance – the birdsong this year is amazing – in the evenings there is an orchestra of different bird sounds playing out around the wooded glades that surround our house. 

WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU AT THE MOMENT? 

I’ve always loved to travel and although no one is able to hop on a plane right now, it continues to be a main source of inspiration for me. Whenever I travel, I take my camera with me – I’m constantly taking photos of things that catch my eye, whether that’s beautiful tiles on the streets of Lisbon or embroidery work in towns in India. When I get back to my studio, it’s a matter of going through my bank of photos and using them as a springboard to inspire new designs, playing with scale, repetition and colour. 

HOW DO YOU START YOUR DAY?

During lockdown I have been rather more leisurely, and after a cup of coffee take Pego, my mini dachshund, for a walk around the pond at the beyond the beautifully green fields below our house. It is so peaceful with swans, geese and ducks, all with their offspring following in tow!