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Oscar Francis is a London based studio established in 2013 by Sarah Evans.
Sarah is a qualified architect who worked in the industry for 15 years before diversifying into architecturally inspired prints and textiles. All the collections sit under the heading ‘Pattern Architecture’ and combine Sarah’s passion for architecture and fascination with the city and housing types that define our urban environment.
Sarah takes typical examples of modernist architecture and re-imagines them into stunning prints and patterns. The majority of the current collections focus on post war modernist architecture from the 50s to the 70s
Oscar Francis designs and products have featured in a number of magazines and design blogs. Titles include Grand Designs Magazine, Elle Deco Magazine, Good Homes Magazine and Confessions of a Design Geek blog.
Sarah and her hand drawings
My professional back ground in architecture is the reason that the designs and the art all have architectural themes. When I stopped practising architecture I wanted to keep drawing and designing. So Oscar Francis was born.
In the early days the prints and patterns were simple but always developed by hand at first. As time went by the work became more detailed and involved. One day I decided to post some of my hand drawn work on Instagram. I was surprised by the positive reaction. Even more surprising was the common assumption that my digital prints are produced by drawing over photographs or manipulating existing images.
Every piece of hand drawn work is produced by eye and the only tool I use is a ruler. The digital or graphic style prints are produced using auto cad. Often the final graphic version can look quite different from the hand rendered drawing as I have made decisions to change elements throughout the process.