Allistair Covell is an award-winning Artist and Designer with a background in fine art, fashion and printed textiles.
His creative practice is an exploration of colour and pattern on a surface and as a synaesthete he sees a strong relationship between colour and the senses, in particular sound. Colour is an integral ingredient in Allistair’s artwork and his energetic paintings are abstract emotional recordings and representations of places, people and events.
The surface patterns that feature in Allistair’s #CanvasToCarpet wool rug and carpet designs, which he refers to as ‘woven prints’, are based on his paintings and drawings.
The expressive brush strokes and splashes of colour have been effortlessly translated into hand-knotted woven artworks; showcasing not only Allistair’s vibrantly colourful aesthetic but also celebrates the work of expert carpet weavers in Afghanistan and Nepal.
In January 2014 Allistair won the AfghanMade Best Young Designer Award at the 9th Carpet Design Awards at Domotex Hannover in Germany. The award marked Allistair’s first venture into designing for the carpet design industry and encouraged him to refocus his practice to create woven artworks for interior spaces and environments.
Allistair has worked and showcased his work with the organisation Campaign For Wool on three separate projects.
In 2015 Allistair received royal recognition from HRH The Prince of Wales for his artwork ‘Digital Stitch’, which was included in The Cambrian Mountains Wool International Design Challenge Exhibition and later acquired by the Nation Wool Museum in Wales to become part of their permanent textile collection.
In 2016 a selection of Allistair’s carpets from his #CanvasToCarpet collection were chosen to adorn the walls of the world’s first Wool BnB in London, and in late 2017 his ‘London Streets’ carpet was exhibited as part of Wool Fusion in Baker Street.
In 2017 Allistair was invited to become a member of Design-Nation, the UK’s premier membership portfolio for innovative designers and craftsmen. Through the support of Design-Nation, Allistair showed his work at Decorex International, the UK’s leading destination and trade show for interior design, during The London Design Festival in September 2017.
Also during the 2017 season of The London Design Festival, Allistair presented his work in a solo show at the London Design Fair, held at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.
Allistair is a graduate of the University of the Arts London, achieving a BA (Hons) in Surface Design and of the University of Bedfordshire, where he was awarded a Foundation Degree with Distinction in Fashion and Textile Design.
For more information visit www.allistaircovell.com or follow Allistair on Twitter or Instagram – search for @allistaircovell