21 May 2019

DESIGNER FOR HIRE - skye st. studio

We had two new entries join the Designers for Hire Directory during the run up to Blue Print. The second entry we have is Skye St. Studio, a small textile and surface pattern design studio based in Sydney, Australia. It was founded in early 2018 by Crystal Kruger after a decade of working in textile and design education. Her background is in fashion design, having graduated from Whitehouse Institute of Design in Sydney in 2008. Skye St. Studio specialises in working with other creative businesses to deliver textile prints and surface pattern designs for fashion, swimwear, bolt textiles, homewares, kids wear and lifestyle products. Crystal’s philosophy is to create exciting, fun, fashion forward prints with a unique perspective, to help your products stand out in a crowded marketplace. Crystal’s designs are inspired by other cultures, landscapes, art, world textiles, nature and fashion. At Skye St. Studio they generally hand illustrate and paint design motifs in gouache and watercolour, before digitising these to create exciting, trend-driven patterns with a twist. Working this way allows for the beautiful variation in tones and textures to come through into the designs we create, giving them life and soul and that personal touch. Crystal especially loves to create conversational prints and painterly abstract patterns. Skye St. Studio is available for freelance textile and surface pattern design and illustration, as well as collaborations. Skye St. Studio also has a library of prints available for purchase or licensing through the website. Crystal also has a library of exclusive designs being represented by Pattern Observer Studio.

FABRICS - lemonni for figo fabrics

Lemonni have created a new fabric range – Sunkissed – with FIGO Fabrics. The collection was showcased at the renowned Quilt Market in Kansas City. Sunkissed was inspired by lounging in the gorgeous warmth of a sunny beachside. Dip your toes into cool depths of water as you watch boats drift past in the distance and seagulls cry overhead. Then dry off on your beach towel as you work on your sunkissed tan. This collection will make you feel like summer will last forever. To see the whole collection, visit FIGO's website here.

DESIGNER - karen erasmus

Karen Erasmus is a surface pattern designer and illustrator based in based in Melbourne, Australia although she is originally from Devon,UK. Karen creates patterns for fabrics, wallpaper, paper and many other purposes. Her work is particularly suited to the children's market as she has been a children's book illustrator since 2012 and has had the pleasure of illustrating more than 20 picture books. You can see her portfolio online at Karen Erasmus.

20 May 2019

DESIGNER FOR HIRE - freshline illustration

The Print & Pattern Directory has had a couple of new entries during the Blue Print coverage. The first is Freshline Illustration, aka Colleen Johnson. Colleen is an illustrator and surface pattern designer based in the United States who has been a freelance illustrator for 15 years. Colleen creates whimsical patterns and illustrations for publications, greeting cards/stationery, home decor and much more. She creates her art with hand drawn ink illustrations and digitally finishes her drawings in Illustrator. She also enjoys painting with watercolors and acrylics and incorporating those mediums into her designs. Colleen is inspired by her love of the outdoors/nature (especially the Pacific Northwest where she spent many summers growing up), every day life and her love of animals. She is available for freelance work, commissions/licensing and collaborations. Visit Freshline Illustration online here and find the latest news on Instagram.

WALL ART - bobbie print

Bobbie Print, the label of textile designer and illustrator Victoria Oatway, has introduced two new screen and two new riso prints.The first of the new landscape screen prints is Helios inspired by the Greek horses that draw the mythical chariot of Helios. The second features a tiger cub and it's mother snoozing on branches in a mangrove forest. Also new are two cute cat risograph prints - Gone Fishin' and Knitty Kitty. All four are now available at Bobbie Print and also on EtsyVictoria currently has 10% off each shop with the code BOBBIEPRINT and it's valid on all orders (no minimum purchase).