Julie Kouamo, Designer Editions artisan.
“I just love the traditional features of the Juliette bench. I chose it for my collaboration because it contrasts so beautifully with my exotic, contemporary print. The greens reference the lush landscapes of Cameroon. It’s where my dad’s from.”
“Travel always inspires my designs. I gather my ideas by sketching or taking photographs. The Nkunti print actually started life using the lino printing technique. People think that it features butterflies, but really its a repetition of a West Cameroon symbol meaning, “do not be arrogant – lead a simple life.” My mum’s European background is introduced in the lines and the colours.”
“My most popular print is probably the Esplanade, part of my first collection called Bangou. I think it’s because the story is so obvious. It shows an iconic bird and the tree in my dad’s village where the chief of the tribe carries out his rituals and ceremonies. It’s amazing when a piece tells a story – no matter how subtle.”
After graduating from Central Saint Martins, Julie worked freelance for various prestigious brands including Designers Guild. Her dream of having creative license and her very own brand came to life in 2011. Her collections continue to grow in number with the latest being shown at Maison & Objet in Paris last January.