Being the only Scandinavian designer to show at Paris Fashion Week, designer Hendrik Vibskov has made quite a statement in the fashion world since his debut in 2001. His “offbeat” shapes seem to work together in some strange unity, appealing not only to myself, but celebs like FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson. Vibskov has an extensive resumé, but he seems to always design for himself and not compromise. Bravo!
– bekah hilleson
Susanne Kasielke believes in remembering yesterday, living for today, and dreaming for tomorrow. Her fascination for old objects translates into her work which integrates paint, pencil, and block print techniques to create abstract, layered pieces. Originally from Germany, Kasielke now calls Washington D.C. home. Look for more of her work at the upcoming Surtex show May 17-19 booth 222.
RaFa-kids is the brainchild of two architects Agata and Arek. In addition to making stunning children’s beds the duo creates the most gorgeous wool blankets! The designs are subtle and sweet and lend a sophisticated and calming element to the blankets. One of these cozy throws would certainly spruce up any room – adult or child’s!
Natalia Alaverdian has been playing with print for A.W.A.K.E. since 2013. It’s always playful and a little unconventional. (I love the print from her Spring 2014 line shown here.) This season her “angry squirrell” had a Pokéman vibe, but I would say cutesie animé if you want to be less specific. I love the faded pastels mixed into these prints.
When you’re starting out as a print designer, it’s a great idea to make a list of your dream clients and study the print styles that they’ve bought in the past. Once you’ve gotten a good feel for what they’re all about, you’ll also have a better idea of how your own style can evolve to fit the market sector you’d like to reach.
And then that fateful day comes when you get your first job as a print designer, land a great freelance gig with a company you’re excited about, or get invited to contribute to the collection of a print studio you admire. You’re nervous and excited and you can’t wait to get started. Then you receive your first brief (also called a concept, mood, or inspiration board) in an email. First off, what is a brief or “board?” Generally it is a collection of images with notes about those images– what the client likes about them and what kinds of elements he/she wants to you to use in your design. Sometimes a client sends a PDF, other times images are attached into an email, and more and more often, these can be Pinterest boards as well. You may also be invited to a meeting where there are in real life boards with images and samples attached to the board. A client can then explain his/her vision in person. Even with email/online boards it usually helps to talk to the client as you’ll gain a better understanding of his/her vision.
Now that you’ve gotten a grasp about your client’s vision, you’re ready for design. In addition to their vision, the client also wants to see your hand, expertise and vision in the print, or they wouldn’t have chosen you as the designer. How do you balance the two?
Most designers will do some of their own research and or brainstorming to come up with an idea about how to take the look into a unique direction. Others rely on their own process for innovation to happen. In our Jungle Print Tutorial, we used the images above as our inspiration and let the creative process dictate direction of the print from there. The resulting pattern is shown below.
We stuck to the concept of photo-based leaves and used some overlay effects to achieve a familiar but unique look.
What has your process been like in working with briefs from clients? Do you have some specific challenges that come your way each time or does it vary each time? Let us know by commenting here!
I have a confession to make. I love plants. From oversized vines to spiny succulents, the more chlorophyll in my life the better. However, when your house starts to feel like a jungle, it’s time to channel this obsession into another form and what better way to do it than via clothes. We’ve mentioned the Australian label, Rouda, before, but had to comment again as the AW15 collection titled, Fiesta, features a few quirky cacti prints that are swoon-worthy. You may have noticed the print below in our Pattern Mix book, but to see it on clothing makes it that much better. Designed by Pattern People contributor, Megan McNeill, Rouda mixes simple styles with clever prints. If I have my way, these hand painted creations will be added to my closet shortly. Which is your favorite?
One of our long time collaborators Andee Hess of Osmose, has orchestrated the transformation of a bank branch in Miami into a tea shop. Small Tea focuses on the many varieties of tea – with a 9 page menu of delicious options. The 4,000-square-foot interior exudes a peaceful vibe, covered with oak paneling, polished concrete flooring, and cozy seating. Hess threw herself into the project, building a canopy from 1,250 boxes wrapped in woven abaca, a natural fiber typical of the baskets used to harvest tea leaves. (ps-check out some of the work we’ve done with her here.)