Becoming visible: Cressida Bell on her designs

Becoming visible: Cressida Bell on her designs

Be bold. Dress to be visible, not invisible. Forget the constraints of fashion trends. 

That’s just a selection of the pearls of wisdom that London based artist and textile designer Cressida Bell offered while being interviewed by Metro. In her full-page feature today, she not only explains her inspiration and approach to new designs, but also explains how she sees patterns and designs affecting people – and why it matters.

She also gives a behind-the-scenes look at how she created her newest collection, a collaboration with the Natural History Museum shop. The new range has been curated to celebrate the world’s vibrant abundance of plants by combining a passion for Earth’s natural beauty with a nod to the museum’s rich heritage

The stand-out botanical illustrations take inspiration from the 162 decorated ceiling panels in the Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall which were illustrated by hand and date from when the Museum opened to the public in 1881. To make a cohesive design out of so many options, Ms. Bell focused on her favourite botanical designs, sketching a variety of patterns before settling on a delicate, leafy pattern.

Using a colour pallet which includes silver and gold Cressida has designed a stunning repeat pattern artwork complete with border. The collection has something for everyone, from notebooks for the creative to home textiles for the stylish.

Pick up a copy of today’s Metro to read more from Cressida Bell, or browse her new range of exclusive designs at