Freelance Print and Pattern Designer and Illustrator
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Who do you design for and what is your style?
I feel like my personal style is constantly evolving. I am a work in progress as far as finding my creative voice goes. This can be really fun and exciting because it forces me to try out a lot of different styles. But I love when I can tell a story through my work, specifically a story that has whimsy and a sense of humor. And as generic as this sounds, when designing for textiles I just want the artwork to be beautiful.
What inspires you?
I pull inspiration from everywhere. Some of the obvious places are daily visits to design blogs, Pinterest and traveling an unscripted web of retro cartoons and commercials on youtube.
I also look to curiosities in nature and history; I'm an avid rock hound and love learning about natural history along with bizarre human history (ie: medical mysteries).
Taking walks around neighborhoods, there is always something to catch your eye.
My growing collection of art reference books, you can never have too many books.
What do you love about being a designer?
I like that I can make the rules. It doesn't matter how I get to the final product as long as it works in the end. It is really awesome to have a job the you can use your creativity in. I can't imagine doing anything else.
Where can you be found/what are you doing on your days off?
A perfect Saturday consists of going on an all day walk with my boyfriend around our Brooklyn neighborhood. Usually stopping off to check out the local flea market and discovering new nooks and crannies in the area. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is one of my favorite spring morning destinations. If the weather permits I love taking the subway or biking out to Far Rockaway or Coney Island, there is nothing better than a day at the beach. I also like to spend time at the museums, the American Folk Art Museum is one of my favorites.