From the Textile Design Lab: Chelsea’s Challenge, Jungle Collections

Chelsea’s Challenge is a twice-monthly post series in The Textile Design Lab, in which we share design ideas and inspiration to help our students create new work and build their portfolios. The goal of these challenges is to provide a jumping-off point and help spark ideas for prints that may be outside of their usual go-to themes or styles. You can read more about the Challenges here, and more about the other benefits of Textile Design Lab membership here. For now please enjoy two of the stand-out collections created by our members this past month, in response to our Jungle-themed challenge.
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“Rainbow Jungle” collection by Magda Bardzinska-Frank (Magda Lena Designs)


Summary of the collection:

“When I think about jungle, the first thing that comes to mind are the images of incredibly colorful and exotic birds, flowers and lush green trees. When doing initial research for this collection, I came across this beautifully colored parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, and I knew instantly that I want to design my collection around this amazing bird and its habitat. The first step in the design process encompassed preparing lots of sketches, which I then scanned in and colored in Adobe Illustrator. In my designs, I like to combine the hand drawn elements with digital feel. Designing the “Rainbow Jungle” collection also gave me the perfect opportunity to live out my passion for strong and bright colors!”

See more of Magda’s work on her Facebook page


Mary Strachan

Jungle collection by Mary Strachan


My story:

“I wanted to design for home soft furnishings and my inspiration came from images of the jungle theme that I googled. (There were some pretty outrageous jungle themed decor on the web which I steered clear of!) I usually form a picture in my mind’s eye and randomly research those images and then set to. My best friend at the moment is the blob brush in AI and this collection was totally designed digitally. Working out the colours was probably the hardest part as from the infinite variations you have to choose the right mix. I tried to get a balance of neutral vs colour in the designs. I think I managed a calm but interesting design for use on curtaining/ bed linen. Thanks for viewing!”

You can see a few more of Mary’s designs by visiting mezzones at Spoonflower.


Check out other student responses to this challenge on our new Pinterest board!

Knitted Textile Designs by Moriel Dezaldeti

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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

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

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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:

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Featured Designer: Florentina Print


“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