¡Gracias por la entrevista, Mónica!
What is your background as an artist? What led you to surface pattern design?
I’ve got a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Salamanca. My career has always been focused on illustration and graphic design. I have always been interested in fashion, which made me study surface pattern design, where I’ve found a perfect mix of art and fashion.
Please describe your style and how you developed it.
I would say my style is spontaneous and colorful. I don’t follow current trends, but instead whatever inspires me at a given moment.
I’ve always drawn my pictures on paper and one day I simply printed those on fabrics and it worked!
Who are some of your favorite artists and designers (past and present)?
Past: I really like Collier Campbell, Sonia Delaunay, Matisse
Present: Loewe, Hermés, Diane von furstenberg, Prada, Duro Olowu, Preen, Liberty, Mara Hoffman
And young designers like Ami Sia, Ashley G, mary katrantzou or Spanish like Ana Montiel.
What is the mission behind the Moniquilla brand?
To create different patterns with my personal touch, caring very much about the details, and producing limited editions to keep quality standards up.
What is the market like for surface pattern design in Spain and Europe?
I believe that that surface pattern design is becoming increasingly important in the last couple of years. In Spain, young designers are creating independent brands that are doing awesome work in different areas such as stationary, fashion, and ceramics.
I have recently noticed that people are more and more interested in pattern design, as I am receiving a lot of requests from people looking for workshops.
What inspirational places would you recommend a designer visit on a trip to Spain?
I live in Madrid, where millions of places can be found for inspiration. I personally recommend Thyssen-Bornemisza and Modern Art Reina Sofía museums.
Walking around Madrid’s old city or Malasaña neighborhood are musts. There you can find trendy stores and cafes with a very appealing look.
Please give us a description of your studio. What do you love about it the most?
I work at home, where I have a dedicated room with gorgeous natural light. My apartment is the attic with a little balcony, and sometimes I go out and work surrounded by my flowers and plants.
Do you generally work alone? If so, what do you do to combat loneliness?
Most of the time I work alone, and sometimes I try to combat loneliness by participating in workshops and lectures. There are always social networks, of course, so you don’t feel that alone.
I am fond of loneliness though. It allows you to work without interference. I have worked many years at offices where inspiration is more difficult to reach.
What was your first job doing surface pattern design and how did you get it?
It was with the Spanish brand Fun&Basics, which I found on the internet.
Please describe what your dream surface pattern design project would be.
I dream of having a little shop packed with many different items, something eclectic where you could find clothes but also gadgets such as phone cases, fabrics for home, decoration or kids clothing. Everything would be printed with my patterns, of course!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a surface pattern designer?
You must look for your own personal style—do not follow someone else’s style too much.