Shyama Ruffell


I was born into the world of fine art and private views. I remember being entranced by the pigments and palettes at my eye level as I stood in my fathers studio at the table watching him work at mixing colours.

My very first exhibition was at the age of seven on Bayswater Road.
We lived in the heart of the Sussex countryside and the soft rolling hills of the South Downs along with the textures of nature and my passion for pattern influenced my decision to study textiles design specializing in print and surface pattern.

I continued my career as a design assistant and co-ordinator of a fashion business before becoming a freelance textile designer working for a wide range of companies including Sandersons, Oasis, Sefridges and Hennes.
Later I was invited to be a lecturer at the London College Of Fashion and Northbrook Art College. During this time I maintained my own art practice as a fine artist and consultant showing my work at various galleries and art fairs.

I work in my garden studio amongst my own little urban jungle.
Jungles and exotic plant shapes capture me. My own eclectic garden has developed with a mixture of Banana plants, and Yuccas jostling for space next to Daises, St Johns Wort, Rhubarb and Ferns. From tall and tropical too small and delicate all intertwined along together in true jungle fashion.

Pattern is a constant for me its the connection with all of my work. Its like following a track or a trail. It’s an inclusive thread through nature from the exquisite and delicate markings on butterfly wings and insects to all forms of botanicals with their infinite variations.

“A cocktail of William Morris, Mackintosh and Rousseau in an English meadow, with a splash of Klimt and a squeeze of Jungle book.”
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