Featured Designer: Priscilla Valencia

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Priscilla Valencia is a pattern designer based in the Canary Islands, where she creates patterns and illustrations for her own products and for other customers, and also gives pattern design lessons.

“When I was a child I really loved everything related with painting and designs. I started to study Industrial Design and as time went by it showed to me a wide range of possibilities. Besides my university studies, I have been forming in different classes related to design patterns like painting and design classes, screen-printing, … but my most important step was when I decided to invest my savings and to specialize in Pattern Design. Two years ago, I had a huge opportunity to show my patterns in Texitura Printing Design Magazine, an international magazine that shows different works from designers around the world. So far, I have published my designs on the numbers 50, 51 and 52 of this magazine.

My design method includes hand-drawing painting to carving stamps, watercolour, acrylics, photography… I could say that my designs are feminine and inspired by nature.”

Visit Priscilla’s online store, her blog or her Facebook fanpage to see more!

Have a great weekend, everyone! -Chelsea


Paper Goods by Masha Manapov of Dvash


Today we have the pleasure of sharing some of the cheery paper goods created by Masha Manapov for her online shop Dvash.

Masha is a “multi discipline designer and illustrator” currently based in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is a graduate of the Bazalel Academy of Art and Design where she majored in illustration.

“My work focuses mainly on print and press media specializing in conceptual, colorful and textured imagery. At the present I’m working as a full time freelance designer and illustrator on a worldwide commission.

I discovered the world of patterns a while ago but I’ve never suspected it will be so fun and liberating to play with shapes. Recently I launched an online shop where I basically do just that–Dvash is a colorful shop which sells designed and illustrated paper goods that stems from Jewish tradition.

The shop was born from the need to design original high-quality Jewish decor products with a fresh perspective. Driven by a passion for creating something new and a bit different I am looking to provide products that will brighten up your small moments and big celebrations.

Each piece was developed from a long process of research and treated with love and care, considering the needs of different structures.”

Have a wonderful Wednesday and be sure to check out Masha’s prints, cards, calendars and more at dvashop.com and visit her website, mashkaman.com to see lots more of her illustration work. -Chelsea



From the Textile Design Lab: Bloomsbury Style Design Tutorial

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Each month in The Textile Design Lab we share a pattern design tutorial to introduce new techniques and concepts and help give our students an edge in this industry. In the full tutorial available to Lab members, Julie Gibbons walks you through her process of creating a Bloomsbury style pattern, starting from hand-painted motifs and ending with the beautiful pattern seen above. Enjoy this free excerpt and join us to access the full post!


I have come to love Bloomsbury style, for its painterly warmth and expressiveness. It is gently exuberant, with lovely loose, flowing brushstrokes and warm colours and textures.

The Bloomsbury Group was a loose-knit collective of writers, philosophers and artists operating from London in the early part of the 20th century. Their most notable collaborative work was a farmhouse called Charleston in East Sussex, which they decorated with many of their own artworks, including frescoes, mosaics, ceramics and later, fabrics.

As a collective, they were a a hotbed of enthusiasm soaking up myriad ideas and styles, and great discussions sparked new ideas and new directions. They were especially fond of the colour and liveliness of recent movements in painting – post-impressionism, fauvism and cubism – and they mixed it up with classic ornamental patterns from around the world.

The resulting style was spirited and joyful, with colour and pattern on almost every available surface. That might sound incredibly busy, gaudy even, but there were several elements that were repeated throughout the house and garden that tied the whole together and made it a warm, inviting, and vibrant place to be.


Stylistic elements

Borders of simple graphic elements (stripes, spots, cross-hatching, etc) were used to frame architectural features -  windows, doors, cupboards, and mantelpieces. Many of the patterns were given high definition through the use of outline. These painted frames often then became canvases for figurative works, including bowls of fruit and flowers, nudes, portraits and acrobats, fish and fountains. They used a palette of subdued brights; warm hues of reds and yellows predominated, with clearer blues as contrast.


Pulling it apart

I love all the hand-painted elements of the borders and frames, so I started by painting several variations of stripes, spots and circles in watercolour on pale brown paper. And, inspired by the many paintings of poppies throughout the farmhouse, I also painted several variations of this luscious red flower.

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Putting it together

Join The Textile Design Lab to see how Julie transformed these design elements into a finished pattern!