What is your background as an artist? What led you to surface pattern design?
JP: I've been drawing since as early as I can remember! My stick figures in Kindergarten always had to be clothed, and those dresses always had to have some sort of pattern! I believe somehow this let me to pursue Fashion Design as my major in college. After attending FIDM-The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, I landed an assistant position and helped out with everything from apparel design and product development to helping oversee our overseas production. It was my last job as a Junior Market Handbag Designer that led me to surface pattern design. I designed the majority of the prints we used for our printed canvas handbags and backpacks and I realized this was all I wanted to do. A little over a year ago, I decided I was ready to take the plunge into the world of surface pattern design and started Joanne Paynter Design LLC. I began working on my portfolio and developing my true style. I currently work from my home studio and just signed with Art Licensing International Inc. I'm very excited about what the future might bring!
How would you define your style?
JP: I see my personal style as fun, graphic and playful. I love working with bright colors as well as softer pastels. I tend to tie in a bit of retro/vintage vibe especially in my geometrics and conversational patterns. Florals, geometrics and conversational prints are my absolute favorites. I love adding a sense of texture and mixing different patterns within each individual print.
What was your first job doing surface pattern design and how did you get it?
JP: My first job doing Surface Pattern Design was at T-Shirt & Jeans. I was in charge of putting together digital designs for customers as well as tech CADS for production. I provided art layouts and communicated with the factories overseas. A good portion of my job was creating repeat and placement prints for our handbags. I found the job through the FIDM online Alumni job search and just applied! I am forever grateful for the opportunity that was given to me, not just because of what I learned but where it has led me.
Where do you look for inspiration? What are your favorite design blogs, websites, or magazines?
JP: I find myself inspired by my love for travel and other cultures. Most recently I've been incorporating inspiration I found on a trip I took with my family to Tanzania and Zanzibar last year into my work. Another big inspiration of mine is nature and I have always been a huge animal lover so I have a lot of animal prints and there will be many more to come! Really anything that grabs me, color plays a huge role in my life and I like to surround myself with beautiful color combinations and amazing patterns. I love Print & Pattern, Design Seeds and Color Collective for great color inspiration. MOYO Magazine is also a must read!
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