Taking on Side Projects while Working Full-Time with Anne Passchier

Work. Side Projects. Life. See how Anne juggles it all.

Taking on Side Projects while Working Full-Time with Anne Passchier

 

Today I’m excited to share with you the work of Anne Passchier, a surface pattern designer who lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Anne is a gift wrap designer by day and a freelance children’s book illustrator by night. In this interview, they share with us what it has been like juggling a day job with multiple side projects and offer advice to folks who are in the same position.

I hope you enjoy this interview…I know you will love seeing Anne’s whimsical illustrations!


 

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

I grew up around my mom and grandma constantly quilting and crafting, and the house was always full of the coolest and most colorful fabrics. I found out rather quickly that I was no good at sewing, and instead I took up drawing at a young age.

In art school I discovered the world of surface design, where I could combine my passion for art, color and pattern all into one. I liked the possibility of designing not just fabric but a wide variety of patterned products!  Continue reading “Taking on Side Projects while Working Full-Time with Anne Passchier”

Why Mood Boards Matter with Elles Rodenburg

 Elles is over the moon for mood boards. Learn why.

 Why Mood Boards Matter with Elles Rodenburg

 

Today I’d like to introduce you to the work of Elles Rodenburg. She is a Dutch pattern designer who creates beautifully romantic floral patterns, all of which explode with detail and depth.

Elles lives in Delft, a picturesque city in the Netherlands famous for the Delft Blue porcelain. Her design studio, where she creates her patterns, is also based in this city of blue.

When I spoke with Elles she talked about how important mood boards are to her creative process, and how they have helped her establish a signature style. I can’t wait for you to read what she has to say…and to see her breathtaking mood boards. I have a feeling you’ll become a fan of mood boards too!


 

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

My background is in graphic design, and in 2009 I started my own business. I did graphic design and styling for a while, but quickly landed on photography as my main source of income. I really loved it, and had beautiful photography assignments. I took portraits, shot weddings and did lifestyle photography.

Eventually I discovered surface pattern design and started developing my skills in it at the same time I was working on my photography business. But then after my first daughter was born I discovered that I didn’t have enough time to devote to both photography and surface pattern design. I realized that I had to make a choice. I could stay in photography or choose a new path as a surface pattern designer. I decided to follow my heart. I decided to embrace my entrepreneurial spirit and build my dream. Continue reading “Why Mood Boards Matter with Elles Rodenburg”

Fear, Change and Getting it Done with Rebekah Strunz

 Rebekah moved from Australia to Nepal while creating her first collection. See how she did it.

Fear, Change and Getting It Done with Rebekah Strunz

I met Rebekah a few months ago when she posted in a Facebook group we both belong to. In the post she said that she was thinking of starting a blog to get her new collection out there, but was anxious about going public. I volunteered to interview her here on the blog, in the hopes that it would help her ease into the blogging world.

Little did I know how wonderful it would be working with her, and how much her story and creative process would inspire me. I hope you enjoy this interview. I think you will find a lot in Rebekah’s words that resonate with you.


 

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

In 2011 I moved from my home in Newcastle, Australia to the Blue Mountains, which is a very relaxed, artsy community full of vibrant, colorful people. I fell in with a group of patchworkers, learning to sew and quilt, and that’s when my love affair with patterns and fabric began.

It wasn’t until I read an interview with Rachael Taylor in Mollie Makes magazine that I realized surface pattern design actually existed. It blew me away to realize that actual people, just like me, were designing the beautiful fabrics I was fawning over! I searched online to see if there were any courses I could take, and came across the International School of Colour and Design (ISCD).

I remember attending an info session at the school and standing there crying as I realized this is where I wanted to be, and this is what I wanted to do. The next day I enrolled. During my 18 months at ISCD I learned a lot about surface pattern design and, more importantly, started to explore and discover myself as an artist. This is a process I’m still working through and hope will never end!

I finished school in 2013 and over the years found myself straying from design as different things happened in my life. However, something continued drawn me back to pattern design and a few months ago I made the decision that I want to be a designer. I made the commitment to pursue my passion with passion! Continue reading “Fear, Change and Getting it Done with Rebekah Strunz”

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”

How to Pick Out Wallpaper Like an Expert

This post is part of a special series featuring guest blogger Jen Pollard of Park Place DesignsAs part of this series Jen will help those of us who are not interior designers, but aspiring pattern designers, understand how patterns are used in interiors. She’s gonna share with us all of her secrets.

 

How to Pick Out Wallpaper Like an Expert


 

Well, hi there! If we’ve been friends for a while you know my feelings about wallpaper. And if we’re just meeting? I am a ginormous fan. I mean I could probably include wallpaper in every project I do. It’s a fabulous jumping off point for a design. Wallpaper provides instant depth, interest and it practically hands you your color palette! Continue reading “How to Pick Out Wallpaper Like an Expert”