Freelance Designer, JWylie Designs
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Who do you design for and what is your style?
I design primarily for the quilting, social greetings, and home décor markets. I like creating designs that will be used by other artistic people in their work, such as quilts. I also like seeing my designs used in people’s home décor to create that environment they love. I like using traditional art techniques such as watercolor painting, drawing, and print making, along with digital methods to create designs that are refined, handcrafted, balanced, elegant, and with a nod to the traditional.
What inspires you?
For me inspiration comes from the world around me and my personal experiences. For example, for one collection I tapped into my background in cell biology, images of cellular structures, and my love of drawing. I have a wide range of interests from astronomy and cosmology to art history and architecture. I love looking at images from NASA, biotech company websites, art magazines, children’s picture books, and nature. I take my camera and sketchbook and visit museums such as the Autodesk Gallery, the Maritime Museum, and The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. You never know what you might see that will inspire your next design; so I get out and look around. It’s important to be curious.
What do you love about being a designer?
I love the challenge of creating something new either for myself or my client. I enjoy the brainstorming to develop appropriate ideas, the background research, color palette development, sketching, painting, and ultimately, creating the repeating pattern. I love that I get to spend my day being curious and creative.
Where can you be found/what are you doing on your days off?
When I am not working in the studio, I get out and go for walks; I get off the computer and other devices and explore what intrigues me. I go to Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, local and regional museums and art galleries to replenish my inner well with images and ideas that I will later tap into, reconfigure, and assimilate into something new. I think it is important that you follow your sense of the mysterious, and expose yourself to lots of different experiences.