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Ruth Moser Textile Designer

Ruth Moser brings her background in fine arts and painting, which she has exhibited across the world, to her new textile business producing beautiful and unique floral fabrics for interiors.

She credits her dual Swiss and British nationality to her creativity. She grew up in Basel, Switzerland, and frequently returns there to exhibit, before moving to Britain to study Fine Art at West Surrey College of Art and Design Farnham.

"I think my love of painting and design comes from my British grandmother who was a painter herself. That's partly why I left Switzerland for a British art college to do Fine Art. I'm certainly influenced by both visual cultures. My designs are predominantly based on nature combined with a pattern element and an awareness of natural seasons."

Ruth recently returned to Bath Spa University to do an MA in Textile Design before setting up Ruth Moser Designs. During her MA, her work was selected for show at Tent London – the ground-breaking design show described as the 'most diverse and must-see event of the London Design Festival'.

"For my fabrics, I've created two ranges which capture the fresh, pretty colours of a summer meadow and the atmospheric darker hues of a garden at dusk. All my designs combine my art work with digital print, sometimes including embroidery, to produce beautiful material which can be used around the home in a variety of ways. It's been challenging and very exciting to transform my visual imagery using these new techniques, and the versatility of the designs also means I can use them for bespoke pieces."

An exciting aspect of the business is rescuing and restoring one-off pieces of furniture she 'upcycles' into beautiful and unique items for people's homes, working with Woodworks Project in Bath. This social enterprise, which offers the long-term unemployed the chance to learn the skills to repair and restore furniture, is run by her husband and sits beautifully with Ruth's ethical approach to her textile business. "It is a real privilege to be involved with this project. Each piece of furniture that I have developed at The Woodworks has a story to tell beacause of the individual who worked on it."

"Environmentally responsible values run through the core of my design philosophy. I now create pieces that are not merely visually beautiful but also of practical use, using sustainably sourced materials. I'm mindful of producing the minimal amount of waste and using recycled products wherever possible."

She takes inspiration from the beauty of nature around her Bath home, where she works from a home office which overlooks the stunning Georgian city: "When I am working in my studio, seeing the lights of Bath and the Abbey all lit up is most inspiring and uplifting." The artists she credits for providing fertile stimulation for her own work include painters such as Howard Hodkgin, Craigie Aitchison, Paul Klee, Emil Nolde and Robert Natkin as well as other lesser-known artists such as Judith Cain, Barbara Rae and Wolf Kahn.

"My paintings are in a variety of medium. I like to use colour, composition and pattern to explore the mood and atmosphere of a specific place or memory. And I bring my own interpretation to my textiles, for example the water colour splashes are very much part of my designs. During my MA I also studied Japanese fabrics and their compositions and this has proved an influence within my own designs. "

She has exhibited continually around the world, from Switzerland, France, Italy and Australia as well as closer to home in Yorkshire, Devon and London.

McBean and Budd is a new exciting collaboration with Artist Printmaker Jane Eaton.  Together they have created an original collection “Floating Landscapes” .

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