Caroline Somerville –
Showcasing a mesmerizing world of flowers and foliage, the Corn Hall is proud to present the bold patterns of local artist Caroline Sommerville.
Caroline Sommerville has been surrounded by colour and patterns from an early age, when her parents sold handmade lampshades. Using samples from her parent’s work, as well as drawing inspiration from both home and abroad, Caroline designs and produces unique ranges of surface patterns for textiles, wallpapers and products for the home. For her debut at the Corn Hall, Caroline will be displaying works inspired by her home on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. Renowned for her bold tulip patterns, vibrant primroses, and love of modernist design, her striking repeat patterns give a real sense of the places that inspired them.
She says: “My designs mirror places I live in and visit – such as the trees and countryside surrounding our barn. We have a holiday home on the North Devon coast that has inspired my Coastal collection and a visit to friends in California inspired the ‘Palm Springs’ collection”.
Before pursuing her career as a designer, Caroline taught textile design at A-Level in local schools for over 25 years. It was during this time that became influenced by surreal elements, some of which have made their way into her modern designs. Having gained her MA from Norwich University of the Arts, Caroline completed a digital printing course at Chelsea School of Fine Art.
For those who wish to take the creative spirit to the next stage, the Corn Hall will be offering the opportunity to learn how to make your own repeat pattern for use in textiles or wallpaper in a masterclass taught by Caroline herself. For more information and to book your place click here.