Saturday, April 07, 2012
Textile Designer: Jen Moules
Posted by Maxine Harris
Jen Moules is a Hampshire-based designer who graduated from the Arts University College at Bournemouth last year. Her work has a distinctive free-hand style about it which accentuates the charm and quirkiness already captured in her choice of pattern work. Not a designer to colour within the lines as it were, her free drawing style is indicative of an increasing inclination towards the sketch-look. You only need to look so far as the first episode of The Apprentice, in which the free-hand animal drawings of Apprentice candidate, Jade Nash, proved a hit with the public and boardroom alike.
It is hard to say exactly what it is that makes sketch-look drawings so popular. In Moules’ case, I think it is the combination of what might be considered domestic subject matter, interior product, and a sort of stylised messiness, that drives its appeal. For some, domesticity is all about colouring within the lines, keeping things clean and tidy, rules which mustn’t be broken – a stereotype which screams restriction, whereas free-hand drawing is all about the freeness, the ability to be untidy. Perhaps on some level the combination of domesticity and free-hand drawing is an outlet of rebellion, a chance to be untidy, a metaphor for living without rules. Either way, Jen Moules’ textile designs are without doubt an aesthetic delight to be measured on both their commerciality and form as an artwork. I am certainly a fan of her work, and find it to be both beautifully executed and wonderfully designed.