Eleanor Bowmer – Nursery
Teddy’s Nursery And More
Rooomy talks to Eleanor Bowmer about nursery planning
and becoming a creative legend
Eleanor Bowmer is a Textile Design and Illustrator based in Manchester. Mum to Norie and baby Teddy and of course Frank her French Bulldog. Eleanor went freelance 5 years ago and her rainbow and tiger adorning empire has grown from there, with recent product launches in John Lewis and Partners! With the arrival of baby Teddy and the Nursery Edition coming up I had to take this great opportunity to pick Eleanor’s brain about the Nursery and how she pulled it all together.
“My dreams and goals are getting bigger all the time. I’ve always been a very ambitious person,
sometimes it doesn’t pay off but when it does the feeling is amazing!”
RB – When/How did you get into art and design?
EB – I studied art and design at college followed by a foundation course in Art and a degree in Textile Design. My dad was an artist in his 20’s and taught Art at degree level so it’s in the family.
RB – When you began designing is this where you imagined yourself?
EB – That’s a hard question to answer actually. I dreamt of it, but I didn’t ever think it would happen. I didn’t know how to make it happen. My dreams and goals are getting bigger all the time. I’ve always been a very ambitious person, sometimes it doesn’t pay off but when it does the feeling is amazing!
RB – What have the last few years has been like going from designing cards and prints with Frank on your lap, to having your own studio and seeing your first mug collection being displayed on the shelves of John Lewis and Partner?
EB – The last year in particular has been a whirlwind mixture of excitement and being terrified. Until I saw them on the shelves in JL myself I wouldn’t believe it. It’s been a big year of decision making and risk taking, so far it seems to have paid off. It really has been incredible.
RB – Last year you launched your first wallpaper collection for kids. Had this always been a plan of yours or did this come from customer demand?
EB – No, nobody was asking me for wallpaper. I wanted some cool wallpaper for my daughter’s room so I thought I’d design some. Thankfully it’s been a big hit! I’m a trained wallpaper designer which is where I started, it hasn’t come from nowhere!
RB – When you designed Teddy’s nursery where did you begin? What led the design?
EB – My own head! I had my wallpaper in mind and then went with colours I love. I like an eclectic mix but thoughtfully put together. It isn’t quite there yet but almost!
RB – Do you mood board or do you start with the first piece of inspiration and take it from there?
EB – I always have a bank of images and artists I love as inspiration.
RB – You have a second kids wallpaper collection out now, was this always the plan or did it simply happen because you needed a design for Teddy’s room?
EB – A bit of both!
RB – As Teddy’s was your second nursery to create, did you learn anything from the first one that you did differently?
EB – Well they’re both different gender which is great so I really got the chance to explore different colours with both. I was really happy with Norie’s room, so I just went with gut this time too!
RB – What are your three must haves for a New-born?
EB – Patience, routine and faith that it will pass, or do you mean products? haha. Top 3 products would be a Ewan the dream sheep, a cosy blanket and plenty of muslins.
“Go with what you love and it will all come together perfectly.
If in doubt, don’t be too fussy with prints – keep it simple and bold”
RB – What advice would you give first time parents when it comes to sorting out their nursery?
EB – Start with a colour palette and build on it. Go with what you love and it will all come together perfectly. If in doubt, don’t be too fussy with prints – keep it simple and bold.
RB – For your stunning nature and animal inspired designs – who or what inspires you most?
EB – I love botanical art, which I know is quite a stark contrast to my designs, but I honestly love the detail and am so in awe of the realism!
RB – Apart from your wallpaper, what is your favourite thing about Ted’s room?
EB – His cot! It was Norie’s and was from Cottage Toys. Expensive but worth it!
RB – If money was no object what would you buy for your nursery?
EB – A machine/robot of some sort to do the night feeds!
RB – Yes, good idea!
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