Surtex Preview: Rebecca Stoner

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Rebecca Stoner Surtex preview on Pattern Observer Stoner is a Surface Pattern Designer and Illustrator based in the UK and is making her debut at Surtex with her new licensing agent MHS Licensing!  She creates designs for products such as fabric, homewares, stationery and laser cut metal and loves working with clients to create designs that are perfect for a specific product or project, helping to bring it to life.

After setting up her business just over 10 years ago Rebecca has worked alone but more recently she found it increasingly difficult to balance the time she spent between creating new designs, working on commissions and reaching out to new clients so she made the decision to start working with a licensing agent.

“I love working with clients and obviously love creating new designs but I was beginning to feel so stretched between all the different jobs that come with working for yourself and being able to create new work and get it out there.  I just felt it was the right time to take my business to the next level and relieve some of the pressure so I could spend more time actually creating the work. I’ll still be carrying out freelance work and commissions but from now on MHS Licensing will manage all my licensing work. I am very proud to have them representing me and in the short (but very intense!) time I’ve been with them so far, preparing for Surtex, they have been so supportive and positive about my work and I’m really excited to see what the future brings!”

Working with her new agent has given Rebecca the time and space to experiment with lots of different mediums and she’s been having fun combining painting, hand drawing and collage with digital work. This is a preview of some of the collections in Rebecca’s new portfolio but MHS Licensing will be showing her full portfolio at Surtex in booth 424, which is brimming with lots of beautiful new work, including pretty patterns and fun illustrations.

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Surtex Preview: Natasha Kirby

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Natasha Kirby is a painter and surface designer based in London and Kent. We are head-over-heels for her colorful, detailed florals and are so excited to share her work with you before Surtex kicks off tomorrow!

About Natasha

“It was while studying a Fine Art degree at UWE Bristol that I realised my love for print and pattern. I spent three years experimenting with different types of paints and materials. I loved making a mess! Mixing things together, throwing paints around and watching how they reacted to one another. I found the elegant flow of thick gloss paint so beautiful, dripping off a brush and slowly weaving it’s ways across the canvas leaving its mark. I learnt that by mixing different paints together I could manipulate this natural quality – some paints would repel while others would mix to create amazing new colours and the most wonderful patterns. I endeavoured to find ways to capture these movements and reactions.

This process is fundamental to my work and I use it not only for composing large works and also for sketching.

Although I grew up in London my grandparents lived in Kent and I spent my childhood exploring this beautiful part of the world known as the garden of England. It was here that I developed my love for nature and the outdoors and these are key influence to my creative process.

Inspired by the pastoral landscape of the Kentish countryside mixed with the vibrant colours and sounds of my London life, I paint colourful abstract landscapes. I use my unique style of dripping and pouring paints to create intricate organic patterns and compositions which offer an enchanting interpretation of the flora, fauna and sylvan glades of the rolling Kentish hillsides.

The motifs that emerge from the accidental nature of my technique are then brought into Photoshop or illustrator and form the foundations for my surface pattern designs.

Alongside selling my original paintings I also have a range of placemats and coaster and have just launch a collection of notebooks and greeting cards which can be found on my website.
My work is available for licence and I am always interested in collaborations and new projects.

This is my first year at Surtex and I am very excited to be exhibiting with Dot and Flow collective in booth #244. We are an international collective of designers who offer a rich and diverse range of bright, bold and colourful patterns and illustrations. Be sure to come and say hi and check out our work. We really look forward to seeing you there.”

You can see more of Natasha’s work at, or on Instagram @Natashakirbydesigns.

Surtex Preview: Amy Sia

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We have been big fans of Amy Sia‘s for a long time and are thrilled to welcome her back to the blog just a few days before her first Surtex show! Read on to learn more about this wonderful textile design talent.

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About Amy

Amy Sia is an Australian-born, London-based licensed artist and textile print and fashion designer.

Amy studied fashion design at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and subsequently worked in the areas of design, product development and production in the Australian fashion industry. In 2011 Amy moved to London to pursue a career in textile print design.

Amy quickly became known for her distinctive and bold use of colour in joyful, feminine and painterly designs.

Amy has a strong social media presence with over 190,000 Pinterest users following her eye for design and has worked on a number of Pinterest collaborations with brands such as Juicy Couture and Rachel Zoe. (Visit her on Pinterest here.)

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Amy will be exhibiting at Surtex for the first time between May 15-17 in Booth 532. She would love to meet manufactures who are looking for colorful, painterly artwork for their products. Amy’s collections include her signature mix of bold and bright watercolor abstracts as well as pretty florals, geo’s, fun novelty, global and holiday prints and patterns.

Amy’s work has been licensed to numerous products including greeting cards, homewares, quilting fabircs, artwork and tech accessories. Her designs have been sold in stores all over the world including: Anthropologie, Bed Bath and Beyond, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Lord and Taylor, Selfridge’s, Urban Outfitters, Heal’s and John Lewis.

Please get in touch if you would like to arrange an appointment: You can also visit her website at

Surtex Preview: Jeanetta Gonzales

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Jeanetta Gonzales is a designer and artist in Los Angeles specializing in surface and textile design. Her feminine, vibrant style is influenced by her love of global and classic patterns.

“I exhibited with a group previously so this is my first time in my own booth. I am really excited to bring my brand to Surtex and showcase my work.”

Jeanetta’s passion for art and design shines through–she loves sharing her art and working in different mediums such as gouache and pen and ink. She licenses and sells her art for home decor, stationery products and apparel and even teaches surface pattern design at Art Center at Night at in Pasadena. You can see her latest work, such as her tropical, floral and word art collections, at Surtex in her booth #455.

Visit Jeanetta’s website and take a peek at her wonderful promotional video to see more about her work and journey!

Surtex Preview: OnaHonour


Egle Petrauskaite is the founder and designer of OnaHonour Surface Pattern Design and Illustration studio, and will be a first time exhibitor at Surtex this coming weekend. Egle has such a lovely illustrative style and we were excited to learn more about her design background and process:

“I was born in Lithuania and raised in North-east Scotland from my early teens. I have lived in England for a while and currently reside in Shanghai, China. Onahonour is all about beautifully created intricate designs for interiors, stationery, fashion and homewares. My style is very much inspired by the line work of the French Toile de Jouy. The designs are available for licensing and buying outright, and I’m open to new collaborations and projects. 

I graduated with BDes (Honours) Textile Design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (Dundee) in 2008 and MA Future Textiles from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London) in 2010.

During my time at both universities I mastered the technique of screen-printing. I love the journey of screen-printing, from pencil drawing, preparing the screen, mixing dyes to seeing the final design on fabric or paper.

All of my current designs have been created by 1. drawing and sketching out main design ideas on paper 2. working all the line work in with a black pen 3. scanning the inked drawings onto my computer 4. tidying up the artwork 5. and finally working on Photoshop, choosing the layouts and colours.

I like working with colour but I don’t underestimate the power of monochrome designs.

My portfolio ranges from florals, fruits and vegetables to geometrics, a fun circus inspired collection to my Eastern Dreams Collection which I dedicated to the two years I spent in Shanghai.

I will be exhibiting at Surtex in New York (May 15-17) at Javits Centre, Booth 244, with Dot&Flow Collective. The collective is made up of another eight fantastic designers (Natalie Williamson, Hollie McManus, Betsey Hodson, Natasha Kirby, Sareka Unique, Adrienne Vita, Amy Toneys and Metka Hiti) showcasing our beautiful portfolios. Come see me and the girls and don’t forget to check out our website www.dotandflow.comHere you can see a lookbook of all of our works together:

You can visit Egle/OnaHonour online at and on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.



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