Featured Member – November 2015
What is your background as an artist and what led you to surface pattern design?
As far back as I can remember I loved to draw and make things especially with textiles. As it turned out, I took a detour becoming a licensed architect and worked in that field for more than 20 years. Three years ago my adventure with drawing patterns for textiles and other products began and it's been so much fun.
How would you define your style?
My patterns and color choices are inspired by growing up in Scandinavia and by living by the ocean in Maine. "Scandinavian Whimsy with a nautical bent". Bright colors and a sense of humor or some kind of story are the basis of most of my patterns. If my patterns make people smile, that is the best compliment!
What was your first job doing surface pattern design and how did you get it?
In October 2012 I took the plunge and started my product line of mostly pillows, zippered pouches, and balsam pillows- all with my designs on. The whole business was started on a shoe string and I spent a lot of time contacting store owners (by email, phone, and in person) to drum up some wholesale business. Now three years later, stores find me online. My first licensing job designing belts and dog collars for Belted Cow Company, a local business, came about because a friend of the owners had seen some of my pillows in a local shop.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Blogs such as Uppercase, My Little Belleville, and Print & Pattern; Swedish and Danish home decor magazines; I love children's books - some of my absolute favorites are the "Pettsson och Findus" series illustrated by Sven Nordqvist. Art museums are great too- just saw the exhibit with Picasso's sculptures:)
You can see more of Solvejg's work on her website: www.troskodesign.com and at her Etsy shop etsy.com/shop/troskodesign.