Ren Valuzyte works with natural fabrics to create elegant minimalist textiles that draw inspiration from the art of Donald Judd to unusual objects and architecture.
Ren will be exhibiting Hole & Corner's British Craft Pavilion at London Design Fair 21-24 September 2017
Tell us a bit about yourself...
I’m an east London based designer and maker. I use a very basic form of block printing and work with geometric shapes. My printing blocks are various wood offcuts from the furniture making process. I have a soft spot for linen and work exclusively with this fabric because my grandmother spent many years working in a linen factory and I’m proud to source my linen from the same mill.
How did you get started?
I managed a site of creative studios for several years and finally worked up the courage to start something creative of my own. I explored several different avenues, one being wood turning, but eventually transitioned into textiles.
What do you specialise in making?
I hand print linen homewares. Mostly cushions and throw blankets and some pieces of smaller tableware.
Do you have a particular philosophy or set of values when you approach your work you can describe?
Less is more in terms of design and I’m always thinking of comfort and functionality for the customer. I love the natural quality of linen and try to design simple, contemporary prints that don’t overshadow its natural beauty and that are practical and easy to integrate into people’s living space.
What part of your job most pleases you?
It varies day to day, but usually the making. The act of printing is pretty meditative because it’s so repetitive. I’m always trying to restrain myself from sampling new prints because I could spent an entire day just mixing colours and printing swatches, so I allow myself that part sparingly, when everything else that needs doing is done.
Is there a particular material, person or object that has influenced your work?
Scandinavian design, African mud cloth and various abstract artists who use a lot of geometric shapes and neutral palettes.
What do you like listening to when you’re working?
Podcasts. Currently bingeing on all the past episodes of Call Your Girlfriend.
Who’s your ideal buyer and audience?
A mindful consumer who appreciates the craft and uniqueness of a handmade piece.
Photographs Chloe Winstanley