Ildiko Sealey

BA (Hons) Textiles, PGCE (Adult Education)

I am a three-dimensional thinking designer largely working in textile practices.  My skills are widely varying, incorporating knitting, screen printing, lether craft, surface pattern design and adopting these skills to a variety of surfaces.  Working from home in isolation can be a lonely and limiting process and to bridge this gap I've been seeking like-minded artists and designers to work with collaboratively to fire the creative, designing part of my work process. A group like Rhizome is invaluable for me by offering group critique, collaborative working, support and working towards collective exhibitions.  I am also a member of Devon Artist Network and the Drawn to the Valley artist group, where I attend local meetings to network with fellow creatives, as well as take part in group exhibitions at various locations.  

My work in Rhizome (group projects)

Year on year we set ourselves one or two group projects to give a theme to the working mornings.  This aids focus on a topic that can be interpreted in so many different ways and explore techniques and ideas in as many medias as we can think of or make happen.  These are the sessions that help us learn from each other to better our own practice.


Rhizome's 2019 group project is around the word 'Flicker'.  Just as during the 'Aubergine' project, we facilitate practical sessions in rotation, thus encouraging experimental work and learning from each other.

Object exchange

In 2018 one of our group projects was based on a secret object exchange.  I received a 50 pence piece.  One of the tasks I set was to write 100 words about the object.  Despite some great efforts, I only got to 89.  Then I was stearing at the list, thinking what am I going to do with it?  So I turned it into 100 images (well, about 89).  And the most inspiring images got my creative juices flowing to conclude this project with a collection of feature wallpaper designs.

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In 2017 our first group project was born.  The word 'aubergine' was thrown in as an idea.  The most beautiful experiences were born out of this.  We all wondered what we will do with it and we all learnt lots of things from each other.  We all pushed ourselves out of our comfort zone, and we all produced something for the annual exhibition that we haven't done before.  My conclusion was a set of surface pattern designs and a space specific installation, a first for me.

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My work in Studio IKO (my own practice)

In Studio IKO I design and create unique designs and one off items, primarily serving interiors.  I apply my design concepts to a variety of furniture, and enjoy merging contemporary designs with traditional crafts.

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Tea or Coffee?

This design concept is based entirely on the pentagon shape.  Fractal elements of this and relating shapes make up a range of designs that are printed on mosaic pieces to make up a whole.  

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Laque Noir

This is a design collection combining circles/ellipses, waves and grids.  They can be adopted to a variety of materials, surfaces and sizes.

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Wool cushions

60's pop-art inspired knitted and felted pure wool cushion collection showcasing delicate surface pattern, textural 3D effects and vibrant cross stitch pattern.

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