What is your background as an artist? What led you to surface pattern design?
AL: I grew up surrounded by art supplies and craft materials. My mother is an artist, and she really encouraged me to be creative. I always loved drawing, playing with color, and creating things. I also had a very practical side, so design appealed to me. I loved the idea of creating something that would be not only beautiful, but also useful. I decided to study art and design at university, without a real sense of what I would do after graduation. I enjoyed taking a variety of classes, but my favorites were those in graphic design, fashion and textile design, and printmaking. When I learned about pattern design I realized it was exactly what I wanted to do!
How would you define your style?
AL: My style is playful and bold. I try to retain a hand drawn element to my patterns, while still making them very graphic and modern. And of course, I love to play with bright colors. I mostly create geometrics and florals.
Where do you look for inspiration? What are your favorite design blogs, websites, or magazines?
AL: I get a lot of inspiration from traveling, plants, and from looking at old textiles and dishes. I recently moved to Berlin and have had so much fun taking in my new surroundings. I take tons of pictures and then sketch from them at home. I don't read too many blogs, but one of my favorites is stillblog.net. I think the photography is stunning, and I love the concept of always shooting on a clean white background.
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