Meet the Designer - Mags Milliken

Meet Mags Milliken our homeware designer. Read about where she got her inspiration from for the Impressionist home trend and watch the video on her press day favourites.

Meet The Designer
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How did you learn to draw some amazing paintings?
I always wanted to be an artist as a child, I loved to draw and paint and make things so studying textile design at art school was the perfect fit for me, very creative with plenty of drawing and painting.

Have you always worked in design?
I have been designing commercially for over 20 years now, I love the fact that my career is all about doing what I love best. Everyday is different, it never get’s dull and there is always a challenge.

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How long have you been at Matalan?
I have been working with matalan for 12 years and I am the Design Manager for the Homeware team. I really enjoy working with homeware, there is always a variety of product to design and trends to develop. Im currently designing our autumn winter trends. There are some fantastic prints coming up in winter too! I’m so happy when the ranges look great and our customers are happy. What could be better!

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What was your inspiration for the trend?
Impressionist is one of our key trends in homeware for spring summer. The colour palette is a lovely combination of cheerful corals, turquoise and a splash of pink. To bring this summer trend to life, florals would play a massive part in the range, and fresh summery joyful blooms inspired by summer gardens and walks in the park were the key element to the visual look.

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What was your creative process?
To achieve the right aesthetic it was important to handpaint the flowers, so this gave me the chance to do some watercolour painting. The watercolours were then scanned to be used digitally, allowing the design team to use the artwork across different product areas.

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Watch our Homeware Designer Mags share her top tips about the homeware trends featured in the Matalan SS16 Press Day.
Mag's Favourite Items
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Watercolour Bedding Set

I will definitely be buying this bedding set to add a pop of summer colour to my bedroom once the dull days of winter are gone.

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Coral Ombre Throw

The perfect throw for summer, lovely colour and great for me to cosy up on my outdoor swing when the evenings get chilly.

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Must Have Candle & Diffuser

Lovely cheerful summery fragrance range, bursting with colour and luscious floral scents. These are perfect for a mothers day gift.

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