Going to SURTEX 2018 in New York? Be sure to visit the Pattern Observer booth #2846 to have a look at some of my designs! As a member of the Textile Design Lab some of my designs will be represented at SURTEX 2018 by Pattern Observer. I cannot show you anything yet, but I can disclose that there will be a few exciting holiday designs to look at!
Two of my designs: Swirling Leaves and Vintage Rose are as limited edition clocks available until the end of October 2018 at the webshop of DutchSprinkles. And this weekend you have a chance to win your favourite clock! Check here what you have to do to win!
UPDATE: a winner has been chosen! Mamavanfos won and she chose my Swirling Leaves design!
I love this cute trend for spring/summer 2019 where outside comes indoors. There will be lots of prints and patterns with wild meadows and wild flowers. Raw and organic materials such as linen, wood and cork will be seen everywhere.
The earthy palette that comes with this trend gives me lots of room to create beautiful floral designs, with a clean white background.
The coming months I want to really plunge into designing for the kids market. I am very happy with how this kids collection turned out and I have very much enjoyed designing it! Looking at the fabric sample puts a big smile on my face.. The inspiration for these designs were found in a colourful children’s book!
I love the simplicity of the forms and the bright colours. I think all prints are very suitable for a range of kids products and I would love to license them to a great company.
Petit Bateau invented panties exactly 100 years ago. Therefor they launched a super cool challenge where everyone could invent the Petit Bateau panties of tomorrow!
The design had to be in line with the Petit Bateau look and feel and contain not more than seven colours. I had a lot of fun creating this cute design with rough lines in pink/yellow, roses in blue/hot pink and zebras in black. How awesome if these would be made into real panties! Check it out!
How thrilling to receive a hand written note from the President of Spoonflower that my Marble Marvel Emerald design is featured in the second Spoonflower magazine 〰 on the Celosia Velvet page (43)!! This definitely made my day 🙂 Here are the links to the fabric on Spoonflower, Motiflow and Fashion Formula.
This week I’ve designed fun and colourful girls fabrics. These fabrics are available at Motiflow and Fashion Formula and would be so cute for little girls dresses, check the photo’s below! I couldn’t resist mocking up those cute little shoes as well..
I have been working with Motiflow for a while but recently also started cooperating with Fashion Formula UK. Next to a lot of fabrics, wallpaper and gift wrap they also offer the possibility to buy aprons, tea towels, cushions and blankets with your favourite print. I haven’t bought one myself but am very curious how one of my designs would look on an apron for example!
Don’t you just love this mock-up with two of my newest designs for Patternbank?
The left one is called Water Camo and was designed for the Water Camo Printed Village creative brief. I incorporated a picture of the waves on the little beach near our home and stamps of water color blots and used different blending techniques in Photoshop. For these kind of designs I use the ‘getting it seamless technique’ that I explain in this post. I always find this part very meditative..
The right one, Land of 10.000 Lakes, was inspired by my recent trip to Finland. If you take a close look you will see some of Finland’s typical nature in the water color bubbles. This design feels close to my heart, as a part of me will always be Finnish and the reason for the trip was to say goodbye to our family home there.
I printed this fabric as an example on chiffon at Spoonflower, which is a great fabric because it is see through and doesn’t have the white back that is typical for digital fabric printing.
Keep dreaming and belief in myself. That is what I want, because being successful in design doesn’t happen overnight but develops by taking one step at a time. This summer I’ve taken another few steps.
I’ve made a few designs that I am proud of and that are available for licensing through Patternbank. I’ve updated my portfolio and I’m beginning to see my signature style, which is quite reassuring :).
Also I went by a few stores to show my Marble Marvel pillowcases, which I thought was quite exciting at first but turned out to be very fun. As a result I’m happy to announce that my pillowcases are now available at conceptstore Little Things! Little Things is such a cute little store, you should really stop by when you are in Arnhem!
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And last but not least, I’ve also been mentioned in the ALL ABOUT YOU newsletter of UPPERCASE magazine this summer with my Marble Marvel pillowcases!
This is my newest design Flotsam & Jetsam on Patternbank. The Patternmash briefing of last month was to get inspired by flotsam and jetsam. I love a little extra practise and was for this design inspired by the natural form of seaweed and colourful sea glass.
Colour is essential, it can make or break your design. Therefore I would like to show you how some designs and their color schemes evolve. After I have finished a design I normally take a lot of time to re-colour and end up with at least two color schemes for a design. This is also great fun! I’ll walk you through a part of the colouring process for this design. First of all, the final design:
With the Patternmash briefing a color scheme is provided, and in the first colouring attempt I used all of those colours:
Since I naturally go for a more limited color scheme, because I personally find it more pleasing to the eye, I came up with this design next, using only three shades of green:
Then I sort of missed the boldness in the design, so I added blue:
I was looking for even more boldness, so I added black and white:
And this made me happy! So the final design has gone through a colour altering process and I ended up with two colour scheme in green and blue.
The design is now available on Patternbank and could be used for numerous purposes as shown on the product mock-ups below: