Catherine Carpenter graduated from the Online Diploma Course in Interior Design at Inchbald and subsequently set up an interior design practice and online furniture and wares shop.
Her website is www.FOLKofLONDON.com.
She travels regularly to Africa to research materials for her design work and has recently produced a book about African textile patterns with publisher, A. C. Black. The collection of textile prints includes both traditional and contemporary examples.
As her publisher says,
‘From exuberant and colourful patterns to elegant, flowing designs, this book celebrates the vibrancy of African prints. The introduction helpfully explains the significance of the patterns, the textiles market and the current popularity of African textiles in fashion and interiors.’
Catherine has an MA in Architecture and Interiors from the Royal College of Art and for 10 years worked in design and construction as a project manager developing her interest in using and reusing materials in an inventive unique way. Deciding to focus more on interior projects and furniture design she researched available courses and chose the Inchbald Online diploma course:
‘…well organised with detailed reading material, experienced tutors and interesting and varied design briefs, necessary to help me create a portfolio.’