Life as a Freelance Designer with Michelle Parascandolo

Michelle Loves Being A Freelancer. Hear What It’s Like.

Life as a Freelance Designer with Michelle Parascandolo

 

Hi guys! Today I am excited to share with you the work of Michelle Parascandolo, a pattern designer and illustrator from New York City. I’ve followed Michelle on Instagram for a long time and love her illustrations and the colors she uses in her work. Her designs have such a wonderful boho feel. Today Michelle is going to share with us what it has been like to make a living as a freelance designer after working in-house as a graphic designer. Enjoy!


Hi Michelle! Please tell us a little bit about your background as an artist and how you got into surface pattern design.

I’ve always carried a pocket-sized note pad and pencil around with me everywhere. I like being able to jot down notes or quickly sketching out ideas on the spot. When I began thinking about college I knew without a doubt that I wanted to go into a creative field. I was interested in a lot of different areas of art and design, but wasn’t sure what to focus on. The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) offers a summer program for high school students, so I decided to enroll in classes with the hope that it would help me settle on a major. That’s where I discovered surface pattern design. I was immediately hooked! I ended up attending FIT for college and received a BFA with a major in Textile/Surface Design. Continue reading “Life as a Freelance Designer with Michelle Parascandolo”

Finding Your Passion Instead of Just Following It

For years I struggled to follow my passion…then I relaxed. And it started unfolding naturally.

Finding Your Passion Instead of Just Following It

I have so much fun connecting with artists thru Instagram and highlighting amazing designers on the blog. I’m finding that lifting up artists, supporting them and encouraging them, brings me joy.

As I’ve talked to artists I’ve discovered that many of them, when telling me about their career in surface design, often apologize. They say ‘well I didn’t go to art school’, or ‘I’m just now getting into this field,’ as if it is a bad thing that they are new to the game and just now building their art business. Continue reading “Finding Your Passion Instead of Just Following It”

Breaking into the Surface Design Industry with Heather Dutton

Read Heather’s story…and her tips for making it in surface design.

Breaking into the Surface Design Industry with Heather Dutton

 

There is just something about Heather Dutton’s patterns…they are so full of energy and playfulness that when you see them you can’t help but smile. And you know what? If you have the chance to talk to Heather, she’ll make you smile too. It’s just her personality.

When I reached out to Heather for this interview I had no idea how willing she would be to share with us her journey, and how wiling she would be to offer up advice to new designers trying to break into the industry. This is a must read interview. Enjoy!


Hi Heather! Can you tell us a little bit about your background as an artist and how you got into surface pattern design?

I’ve always known beyond a shadow of a doubt that I wanted to be a fashion designer.  And when it came time to go off to college I followed my dream and studied fashion at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). I moved to San Francisco after graduation to take on the fashion world (Ha! Ha!) and worked my way up the ladder, so to speak. Over the years I designed everything from women’s clothing to men’s loungewear. Continue reading “Breaking into the Surface Design Industry with Heather Dutton”