Grow Your Textile Design Business

Join the thousands of artists who are sharpening their skills using our informative articles, workshops and our private design community, The Textile Design Lab

The Textile Design Lab

Members of this tight-knit community are continually improving their craft, learning new techniques, staying informed with the most up-to-date styles, and making their artwork more profitable.

Free E-Course

Knitted Textile Designs by Moriel Dezaldeti

 Moriel Dezaldeti4Moriel Dezaldeti3Moriel Dezaldeti2

Moriel Dezaldeti is a textile designer from Israel, and a graduate of the Textile Design Department at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (2010) where she specialized in knitting. The beautifully sculptural, textural images seen above are from Moriel’s “Organs” project and were knitted by a manual knitting machine.

“During her studies at Shenkar, Moriel found a refuge in knitting. Knitting is an intimate and meditative act which provided her a quiet place and a form of expression. Moriel believes that through knitting she can express her vision to the world. Moriel works from the material world, examines body movement compared to textile and produces images of the inward body through search and great curiosity of the human body.

The creation of the textile material from the fiber level is her main pursuit and in the process her color choices and shape choices are actually the things she desires and loves. Moriel, through the transition between the two dimensional and three dimensional, explores the material, listens to it and lets it be what it is and so breathes life into it. In her work as a designer, she puts emphasis on handmade works and mainly works with a manual knitting machine. With the same machine she has developed a technique that combines the two textile knitting and weaving elements and this is how she manages to embrace a variety of colorful and unique textures.

Today Moriel is a partner in Studio 410 which is a studio for textile design and commissions a series of “One of a kind” knitted wraps.

In February two new works of Moriel’s were shown, one “Israeli Art” 2014 for the Israel AIDS Task Force and the second exhibited at the Contemporary Textile Exhibition – ”Woven Consciousness” in the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel-Aviv.”

Moriel can be reached by email at morieldez@gmail.com.

Wanted: Customer Service Rockstar!

1129302324_943b5187e4_b

Hand Tree: Sculptor Kathryn Jordan / Artist Cliff Wright, photo by Dominic Alves (CC BY 2.0)

Pattern Observer is hiring! We are looking for a customer service rockstar based in the U.S. to join our small team. This position requires 10-15 hours per week in a freelance (work-from-home) capacity, with the potential to grow along with our business.

 

About You

You are above all a friendly and clear communicator, and find joy in helping people and providing solutions to their problems. You are a master of the three P’s: patience, positivity and politeness!

You are organized, know your way around Gmail, Google Calendar and the various applications in Google Drive.

If you have questions, you are not afraid to ask! You know that this is the best way to learn and never “muddle” your way through something in order to avoid asking questions.

You are pro-active and strive to notice and solve potential problems before they occur.

You have a solid foundation of knowledge in the field of textile/surface design and can answer general questions about this industry as well as technical questions about repeats, color separation, etc.

Does this sound like you? Great! Read on to learn more about your daily tasks…

 

About This Role

The main aspect of this job, at least to start, will be to manage our Pattern Observer inbox and Helpdesk. The majority of our inquiries come from current students of The Textile Design Lab, and we make every effort to respond to them in a timely manner and to be as kind and supportive as possible! This includes helping students who are having difficulty navigating the site or accessing their course materials, questions about upcoming courses and events, questions regarding renewing or canceling subscriptions, and more. Among the variety of other inquiries we receive, some of the more common ones include:

-requests to be featured on the blog

-requests for advice/getting started in the textile design industry

-how to sign up for our e-courses

Over time this role may develop to include other duties such as managing our various social media sites, creating content for the blog, or conducting trend research.

 

To Apply

Please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch if we think you might be a good fit. This position is open to U.S. based applicants. Thank you for your interest in working with Pattern Observer!

 

About Pattern Observer

At Pattern Observer we strive to help you grow your textile design business through our informative articles, interviews, tutorials, workshops and our private design community, The Textile Design Lab. Members of our tight-knit community are continually improving their craft, learning new techniques, staying informed with the most up-to-date styles, and making their artwork more profitable.

Featured Designer: Florentina Print

paisleyFlorentinaPrint1AGUAFlorentinaPrint2

“Florentina Print” is the alias of 24 year old designer Florentina Fischer Pereyra from Montevideo, Uruguay, who recently finished her studies as an architect. Florentina creates intricate hand-drawn florals and paisleys and trend-right photographic prints, all infused with a healthy dose of color.

“Firstly, I thought I wanted to become a fashion designer and afterward I got involved with architecture; but when I discovered the pattern and surface design world I realized that this was my thing. However, I don’t regret studying what I did, it really helps me to open my mind and discover infinite inspirations.

So I started to develop my career as an artist three years ago creating my artistic name: “Florentina Print”. I have not got the chance to work professionally as a pattern designer yet, but with any luck I will do this for a living someday!

Drawing has been my passion since I can remember, I really enjoy creating colourful art.

My best inspiration is focused on nature, I just love tropical flowers and birds, specially parrots and flamingos… that’s why I also look up to the Brazilian look, mostly Rio de Janeiro’s image because of its tropical and vivacious mood and culture. I really love vibrant and bright colours, fuchsia and turquoise are my favorite, they truly look so amazing in everything I can imagine.”

See more of Florentina’s work on her Facebook and Pinterest pages. Have a great weekend! -Chelsea

Designer Interview: Emily Gorski

collageEmilyGorski1

Emily Gorski is a Brooklyn-based textile and CAD designer who has designed for noteworthy home decor brands including West Elm and DwellStudio, “spanning the gamut in the home industry from bedding and pillows to rugs and upholstery.” She has recently made the transition from in-house designer to the world of freelance design–”I am in the very early stages of beginning to do my own thing but already am in love with all the design possibilities and freedom I now have at my fingertips. Hopefully another designer with a passion for pattern will find my story inspiring.” Read on to learn more about Emily’s time spent at DwellStudio, her thoughts on what makes a successful design for home furnishings, and more.

 

1) Tell us a bit about your design background. How did you find your way to the field of textile design?

I studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in a program called Fabric Styling. It was a broad range major that covered anything from photo styling, textile design and science and CAD for textile design. I really focused on the home industry because of my love for decorating my apartments. During my last semester I interned in the home industry and was quickly hired to be the in house CAD Designer. I manipulated purchased artwork for bedding, pillows, window and throws as well as created my own designs when needed. From there I moved on to DwellStudio as a Textile Designer since I got a taste of creating my own designs from scratch I wanted to do it in a bigger way. I always admired Dwell for their taste and design aesthetic and was honored to be able to be a part of that team.

cacti

2) How did you land your job at DwellStudio? Do you have any tips for designers to stand out and get a job with a big company?

I responded to an ad online. I sent over a quick email along with a link to my online portfolio. I think having a stand-out website is really important when applying to creative jobs. It is a huge reflection of yourself and you work, so take the time to make your website as good as it can be. I regularly update mine, which is time consuming but shows your passion in what you do. The possibilities of making a lovely website now are endless, you don’t need to know fancy code and can personalize templates on any host site. A cookie-cutter website is something that I think will easily get passed over.

 

3) Could you talk about your time spent at DwellStudio? What were your responsibilities? What were your favorite parts of the job?

I learned so much working at DwellStudio. It was essentially my first job solely as a Textile Designer. My responsibilities there included creating the actual designs for bedding, pillows, upholstery and rugs, making colorways, outputting the production ready design spec and reviewing the strikeoffs for color and design. The beginning of the process was always my favorite. The head designer would create beautiful inspiration/mood boards with ideas that DwellStudio wanted to pursue. From there you let your imagination run wild… researching, painting, drawing, CAD’ing up designs and ideas to show. Once an idea was accepted at the concept stage I really got to use my Textile Design skills, deciding how best to implement that design. Do I want to hand-draw or paint it or work on it completely in CAD. A skill that I think is really a lost art now is actually drawing your design out in scale AND in repeat. I luckily got to use this method for a design I worked on there. It is a time-consuming challenge but so nice to not have to rely on the computer for the whole process.

Nikko

4) What are some of the most important factors to keep in mind when designing for home furnishings? What do you feel makes a successful print for this market and what are some of the challenges?

Designing for the home industry totally depends on your customer. So I think shopping the stores you are selling to is vital. I have worked on a broad range from mass market to high end. With your mass market customers it is important yes to seek some guidance from trends and seeing what’s out in the style-concious markets but the design always ends on a safer note- both design and importantly color. Designing for the higher end customer is more trend driven and actually harder in my opinion. A successful print is very laborious, and needs to have multiple eyes on it for design and color perspectives. Color plays a huge role in the home industry. A customer changes up their home significantly less than they change up their wardrobe. Color for upholstery, window, rugs and bedding needs to be slightly more timeless than say a pillow cover which people can replace seasonally.

 

5) Having recently branched into the freelance world, are there any skills you learned as an in-house designer that you are drawing on now to help build your own business?

I learned from great companies what is expected as a textile designer. I learned how to prep files correctly for the mills, working within specific color and repeat size guidelines. Also with multiple projects and their looming deadlines at once I learned to work in an organized and extremely time efficient manner.

Creatures

6) Where do you gather inspiration for your work? Are there any resources that you recommend?

I use Pinterest to the fullest extent! You can really get lost down a rabbit hole full of good ideas and inspiration there. I love Uppercase magazine as well as the Celia Birtwell and Florence Broadhurst books I own as classic good design inspiration. I would say now as a freelancer I would like to use my traveling as a huge source of inspiration! The opportunities and ideas out there are endless. I even just enjoy going to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and looking at real flowers and plants up close. I almost immediately will be inspired for a great print or layout idea.

 

7) Who are your design heroes? What about them inspires you or influences your work?

I have a soft spot for William Morris. The repeats are incredible, so intricate and seamless with a beautiful hand. It really makes for my favorite type of look.

 

8) Do you have any words of advice for aspiring designers trying to make their way in this industry?

Whether freelancing or working in-house there is no right or wrong path, it is key to market yourself for your strengths. Work diligently on your portfolio/website because it is the first impression you will give to potential clients and employers.