This year, for the launch of our New Limited Edition candles, This Works have enlisted the artistic talents of Royal College of Art graduate, designer Alexandra Palmowski.
With a distinctive and innovative approach to colour and print, Alex’s hand-drawn decoupage designs are eye-catching and bold, taking the beautiful natural ingredients found in each candle as inspiration.
We were lucky enough to have a quick chat with Alexandra about her inspirations and all things beauty…
1. What first inspired you to work in print design?
I think it was my love of colour. I like that print can be really playful and when worn can add something special to an outfit. The same goes for using print in the home. I’m naturally drawn to bright colours and working with print really helps me to play about with the endless combinations of pattern, shape and form that can be created. Print is a great visual form of expression!
2. Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Pretty much everywhere really. I’m forever taking photographs of things I see out and about. It’s amazing how you can be inspired by even the smallest of things. I always try to get in as many trips to museums and art gallery’s as possible – I’m very lucky to have so many on my doorstep. I recently visited the White Cube gallery in Bermondsey to see an installation by Cerith Wyn Evans - it was stunning. I’m forever sourcing ideas from books and looking in magazines – it’s always important to be aware of the latest trends. Developing ideas from my sketchbooks and moodboards is also where I find inspiration for my work. They allow me to play with my ideas inspiring me to create a final finished print design.
3. What are your favourite This Works products?
This is an easy question! The This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – not only does it smell lovely, the camomile and lavender really do help you to relax and send you to sleep. I always find I’ve had a restful sleep after using the spray.
I also really love the the Light Time Open Eyes cream. I’ve never used anything like it, the applicator is so soothing on the eyes and really does help you to feel revived in the mornings.
4. Do you have any top beauty tips that have been passed down through the family?
Both my Mum and Nana have always insisted I invest in a good quality face cream and always say to wear it everyday ‘to keep those wrinkles away’. Also, to always keep the sun off your face and never pull your skin too tight when washing your face / removing your make-up.
5. Who would you say your beauty icons are and why?
Bridget Bardo. I love her edginess and also how she wore her hair and make-up. Also, Sienna Miller. Her skin always looks fresh and flawless.
6. What are the 3 beauty items you can’t live without?
’Geraldine’ Nars Lipstick, make-up remover – a must! I wear so much mascara and eye make-up (channeling the Bridget Bardo in me) and face and body moisturiser.
7. When you’re not working, how do you relax and unwind?
Trips to the sea-side always go down a storm, brunch at the weekend with friends and finally relaxing on the sofa at the end of the day with a big cup of Yorkshire tea!
8. Do you have a favourite fragrance? If so, what is it?
I’ve got so many to be honest, I quite like to try new ones every now and again. I recently treated myself to a bottle of Bottega Veneta Knot which is lovely. It smells so fresh and includes some of my favourite ingredients – orange blossom and neroli.
9. What are your favourite fashion brands?
I’m a big fan of Etre Cecile – I love their bold printed t-shirts and sweatshirts, and other stories for classic modern everyday pieces, and you can’t beat a colourful pair of Nikes to help get you around town!
10. How will you be spending your Christmas this year?
I’ll be heading back to my family who live in the north of England for a classic Christmas get together, with all the trimmings!