The Many Stages of a Design Career with Emma Jayne

Bedding Designer. Freelancer. Teacher. Emma’s Career.

The Many Stages of a Design Career with Emma Allsup


Today I’m excited to share with you the work of UK textile designer and illustrator, Emma Allsup. Emma went to college for textile design and since then has had the opportunity to wear a variety of hats within the field.

I think you will enjoy Emma’s story and hearing how the pattern design industry has changed over time. Enjoy!


Hi Emma! Please tell us a little bit about your background as an artist and how you got into surface pattern design.

I come from a very creative family, so it follows that I would be creative as well. As a child, I was always drawing and won many art competitions at school. Every week I would fill a sketchbook with portraits and figure drawings.

Whilst at college, my tutors suggested that I would be well suited to textile design. They had seen, from looking through my sketchbooks and course work, that I loved to paint flowers and create patterns. Taking their advice, I went to university to study surface pattern, and then landed my first creative job designing duvet covers for a leading UK bedding company. There I designed bedding for Dorma, John Lewis, Coca Cola, Morgan, NEXT, Littlewoods, Laura Ashley and Marks & Spencer. After that I freelanced, designing mugs, apparel, home décor and gift wrap.

Eventually my personal circumstances changed and I decided to venture into teaching. I taught art and mathematics at a college for a time but longed to get back into the industry. At first I left teaching for graphic design but quickly realized that my real passion was illustration and surface pattern design.

Since then I have built up my portfolio, and am once again working as a pattern designer and illustrator. I’m represented by my agent Brenda Manley, working under the name Emmajayne Designs. Continue reading “The Many Stages of a Design Career with Emma Jayne”