Born in picturesque Surrey, England, Hazel Stark learned to appreciate art and great design from an early age, thanks to her woodworking father and frequent trips to London museums with both of her parents. Though she has worked with ceramics for a number of years, her just-launched line of linens showcases her clean aesthetic with natural dyes and muted colors. She has also started offering workshops with other artisans in her London studio: you can currently learn to make abstract mobiles and stunning paper wreaths.
How did you get started as a designer?
I've known since I was a child that I wanted to do something creative. I studied Fine Art as an undergraduate and it gave me a really broad understanding of the creative process and art history. After graduating I worked for a number of artists and designers behind the scenes. I recently left a job of three years at a fashion accessories brand to start my own company. It’s been a tough few months, but I really believe in the quality of what I make, and I think it's so important to have an ethically and environmentally responsible alternative to mass produced textiles.
What inspires you?
I love researching traditional and natural textile dying and printing methods, and I'm incredibly inspired by artists' work, especially Hockney, Mattise and the early modernists.