But How Does Helen Dealtry Create Her So-Major Floral Prints?!
“I paint a good flower,” says Helen Dealtry. Um, more like she paints blossoms so magnetic that you’ll want to drape your neck in ‘em. How does this astonishingly talented textile designer go from anemone inspo to airy, mood-changing scarf? Watch her make it happen.
“My archive of vintage fabrics and swatches is also really inspiring for me. The fashion cycle is so weird, and it can sometimes be hard to get in the zone when you’re painting during the opposite season. I like going to the Rose Bowl in L.A. for my fabric swatches—they keep me going for months.”
“When I start on a new project, I usually allow myself a week to just paint. It can be quite hard to turn off your business head and turn on your creative head and go back and forth between the two. My painting days are when I turn everything else off and go completely under—it’s when I feel completely free to chop things up and put different things together.”
“On the computer, I primarily play with scale and rearrange the layout. I don’t do a huge amount on the computer—it’s mostly done beforehand in the painting process. After I clean up my design, I send it off to production.”
“I then get a sample back, say ‘yay’ or ‘nay,’ and then that’s it! There’s usually quite a few months of turnaround time, so you have to be quite ahead of your game!”
Photos courtesy of Jennifer Sarkilahti.