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Sitting alongside Vivienne Westwood and hanging out on Oscar-winner Gabriel Byrne’s sofa – It’s a glamorous life for the silk cushions designed by The Watermark’s Judy Holme. Featured in The Sunday Times Style magazine, Woman & Home, She, Glamour, the press inclusions list goes on and on.
Judy’s Graffiti range has basked in telly-glory on 60-Minute Makeover and her fabulous Mannequin collection has been taking on a life of its own, featuring in the essential guide to all things hip Retro to Go and interior design blog Dotmaison. Harking back to the glamour of the 1920s, these 100% silk cushions feature the distinctive print of a model dressed in the high society fashion of the period. This design has so hit the interiors mood-of-the-moment that Judy has now extended the range to incorporate lampshades, wall art and table decoration, creating that stylist’s delight – a connected interior.
Everything available at Judy Holme Ltd is produced in the UK. Judy experiments with new techniques and technology to superb effect but doesn’t compromise on ethics. Her digitally printed wallpaper, Wood Block features a random selection of letters made from traditional wooden typesetter’s blocks. Like Mannequin, this innovative design hasn’t escaped the media lens and has even been featured on the design and decoration blog of the moment Domestic Sluttery in its popular Wallpaper Wednesday feature.
Judy possesses that precious combination of creativity, innovation and business sense. Understandably, we’re proud to claim her as one of our own. Joining The Watermark back in 2001 with her partner at One Box Productions, she brought the first audio-visual and creative sector business through our newly renovated doors. Attracted to “the creative vibe that you just don’t get in other office environments”, they’re still here and going strong.
You’ll have gathered by now that Judy is the epitome of multi-talented but then she is a graduate in multi disciplinary design and can turn her hand to photography, graphics and 3D design as easily as she can textiles. After surviving a brief stint as a darkroom assistant, she’s built an impressive 25-year-career portfolio in audio-visual design and for the last seven years this has been accompanied by her interior design studio Judy Holme Ltd.
Inspired in her design by the work of Magnum and innovations in typography, Judy also draws her inspiration from philosophy, poetry and calligraphy. We asked her about her favorite piece of work (always a tricky one for designer-makers):
“My ‘Eyes’ design on silk cushions and wallpaper because of the time invested in the artwork. I love the quirky appeal of eyes looking out at you…From a distance the eyes are not clearly discernable and so the effect looks like it could be feathers or squiggles which adds to the surprise and intrigue when you get closer.”
An exhibition of Judy’s work opens next month (October 26, 2010 to January 8, 2011) at Lancaster’s Gallery 23.