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What makes a great design?
I’d say something themed, with an attractive colour scheme. A solid repeating pattern always looks amazing on a duvet cover!
Have you altered any of your current work so it would would work better on a duvet?
The templates for duvets are very large (and rightfully so) – I had to think about repeating my work and making patterns out of my designs, which I’d never really done before. It’s a bit of a challenge, but a valuable skill to learn! Also, I altered some of the colours to make them more bedroom-y, and added an interesting background too (such as spots or stripes). The whole design has to be interesting, as you need to consider people will be looking closely at the duvet as they’re snuggling into bed!
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to an artist who is attempting to design a duvet cover?
Think about your audience, and always bear in mind the colour! If it’s for kids, super-colourful and playful is always good in my opinion – even better if it’s covered in lots of cute and interesting characters. If it’s something for an older audience, think again of the colour scheme, and what might fit in with a modern bedroom (I don’t think you can really go wrong with a lovely pattern or sweet floral!)
What is your tool of choice when designing for duvets?
For my designs, I actually tend to use the free downloadable program GIMP! Despite its silly name, it’s great. I also have Photoshop which I’m a bit intimidated by – but it’s brilliant for duvets as you can create repeating patterns easily! Even I managed to work it out after Googling a few tutorials. So, if you’re better with Photoshop than I am (which no doubt you will be), I’d definitely recommend it for creating lovely pattern-y duvets!