About

Hello! I’m Michelle Fifis and welcome to 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.

If you’re new to the site I recommend getting started with our free e-course, How To Sell Your Artwork In The Textile Design Marketplace.

 

My Story

In 2010 I founded Pattern Observer as a way to stay informed on the latest trends in the textile design marketplace. I had recently left my corporate textile design job and was concerned that I was going to lose sight of emerging pattern trends in the market. I soon began writing about my experiences as a designer and discovered a new passion: supporting, inspiring and promoting those in the design community. I began teaching online classes in 2011 and since that time I have helped thousands of designers improve the professionalism of their artwork and grow their businesses through our e-courses, virtual workshops and private design community.

Over the past ten years I have worked with manufacturers such as Lucy Activewear, Columbia Sportswear, Jantzen Swimwear, Perry Ellis and P&B Textiles, developing custom textile design collections and have had the honor of being featured on Stylesight.com, Elle Decor, Nordstrom’s Blog and Print Magazine. Click here to see my full portfolio of work.

 

Meet The Team

Chelsea Densmore is a freelance textile designer who loves living in the sweet little mountain city of Missoula, Montana. She studied Textile Surface Design at FIDM in Los Angeles, and prior to that earned a BFA in Dance at the University of Montana. When Chelsea is not working on patterns or helping Michelle with trend research, you can find her hiking or bike riding with her fella, Zach.

 

Claire Carey is a UK based, freelance surface pattern designer, and has a BA first honors in Illustration. She has a passion for textile and pattern design and is crazy for all things fashion and interior design related. Claire loves working up new trend stories and designing patterns, and when not creating she will be with her two little ‘men’ Jude and Otis. Claire hopes to excite and inspire you with the Children’s Trend stories!

 

avi self portrait 2 Julie Gibbons is an Australian artist and maker in jewellery and textiles, and has a PhD in Fine Arts. She is besotted with all things art/craft/design, and writes about these things and more on her blog tractorgirl. She is a dreamer and a lover of space, and lives on a farm near Wagga Wagga.

 

 

sherryLondon2Sherry London took a college aptitude test that suggested she should be a teacher, a writer, and an artist—and she has done all of that. She has written over a dozen books on Photoshop, Illustrator, and Painter, taught Photoshop, Illustrator, prepress, history, systems design, ballet, and knitting, and been a fiber artist, digital artist, graphic and surface pattern designer. In her spare time, she spins, creates off-loom seed beaded jewelry, and knits. She has a BA with honors in Tudor history and an MS in Information Systems. She is based at the Jersey shore and is delighted to be able to share her love of Photoshop and her eclectic skills with you.

 

Say Hello

Do you have a post concept or would you like to collaborate with Pattern Observer in some way? We would love to hear from you! Are you an artist or designer who would like to be featured on Pattern Observer? To be considered for a feature, please email us seven to ten jpgs of your work. Say hello here.

 

23 Comments on “About

  1. Thank you for creating such a beautiful and inspirational blog! I’ve already begun referencing your color and texture plays into my commercial designs. I appreciate your clean and uncluttered approach in showcasing some of the most exciting print, pattern & color trends of the season. Keep ‘em coming!

  2. I LOVE your collections of prints, patterns, inspirations and colors! Beautiful stuff! I will definitely be coming back often to see what’s next. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Loved it!!!!! Great to see you are enjoying your work!!

  4. Hello Michelle
    Your beautiful blog is both useful and inspiring!
    Thanks!
    Yuval
    Can I link your blog to mine?
    yuvaletzioni.blogspot.com

  5. Hi Michelle
    my name is Ayelet from “all-overprint” studio
    Im a printed textile designer(20 years) Im teaching textile design for home at Shenkar college and I’m selling my artworks for many companies
    allover the world via Heimtextile.
    thanks for visiting my blog and leaving supportive comment.
    you can blog my prints (if you like) direct from flicker:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ayelet-i/sets/72157616205119750/
    if you need more imeges
    grate blog,Like!
    Ayelet

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  9. I participated in your webinar today – and I was so glad I did!
    Your approach to creating an irresistible surface design collection made so much sense – and really helped me clarify where my creative process and business model could do with some fine tuning.
    My Sincere Thanks,
    Eleana
    Melbourne, Australia

    P.S. I just love patternobserver.com – well done!

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At Pattern Observer we strive to help you grow your textile design business through our informative articles, interviews, tutorials, workshops and private design community, The Textile Design Lab.