Images via: (clockwise from top) “Mendenhall Glacier – Juneau, Alaska” by Robert Raines (cropped from original), “Perito Moreno” by Rachel Hobday (cropped from original), “Portage Glacier” by Antti T. Nissinen, “Hubbard Glacier Alaska” by Bernard Spragg. NZ (cropped from original), “Glacier Cave, Fox Glacier” by karlnorling, “IMGP1584” by gmg_zero3 (cropped from original), “Aialik Glacier” by Kimberly Vardeman (cropped from original)
Lonneke was born and raised in the Netherlands, currently living in Den Bosch, a city in the south of the Netherlands. “For me my apartment in the city centre is the best of both worlds; I love living in the heart of a beautiful city and when I want to I can easily go to the woods and enjoy nature. I studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, the very south of the Netherlands. In the last two years of my study I was specialised in designing prints for fashion and interior. Nowadays I’m working as a brand designer in a Dutch retail company.
I have always been obsessed with finding and creating pretty things, when I was little I used to make clothes with my grandma’s old Singer sewing machine and on other days I was redecorating my room with a pot of paint. I’m inspired by all the pretty things in life. Nature, colors, people, everything can be an inspiration to me. From the feeling I get when I look at a beautiful sky to the magnificent colors of exotic fruit. I’m always seeking for the beauty in the world, while travelling and in daily life.”
Read on to learn more about Lonneke’s latest creations…
“This month I started a new collaboration with Greetabl. They have chosen my Gold Confetti pattern to be printed on their gift boxes. The pattern, made of gold confetti dancing around, has proved to be one of the most popular designs of my collection. With this print their boxes are the perfect gift when you need to send a party to someone! Gold Confetti – Where there are sparkles, there’s a party!
“Cheerful fruit patterns make a great alternative to floral prints. This collection started with the inspiration I got from juicy exotic fruits. The colors of dragon fruit, papaya and pomegranate are amazing! The designs are made for different product types, from pillows to all over printed shirts, but the clear phone cases are my favorite! Sweet, tasty and colorful surface patterns!”
While designing for KIND OF STYLE Lonneke creates prints and patterns for her own pleasure, as they “spread happiness and cheer”. We were curious how KIND of STYLE came to be and Lonneke explained, “KIND OF STYLE started in 2011 as a diary about what inspired me everyday. When Pinterest was launched I started to use my pins more and more as my daily inspiration platform and I couldn’t stop the feeling to start turning all this inspiration into creating designs myself. So I grabbed my sketchbook and began to doodle. Soon I had my first collection of quotes and surface patterns, it felt so great to design artworks and spread them around. In 2013 KIND OF STYLE as a creative studio was born. Why do I design? I can’t help it. I just have to do it. It never gets boring, every time I start designing I love the feeling of creating something new. Usually I use multiple techniques in my artworks. I start an artwork with sketching or photographing and later I edit it digitally. For me the composition and color combinations are the most important things in my work. What I love about designing prints and patterns is to see them come to life in great collaborations. Over the years I started working with websites like Society6, Casetify and Spoonflower. Nowadays I see my artworks on a diverse range of products, from phone cases to wall paper.”
Have a wonderful weekend!
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Looking out my window with a cover of fresh snow on the ground, these beautifully moody digital florals by Suzie Pan feel like the perfect way to kick off December! Suzie is a world traveler and a passionate designer and we are delighted to welcome her to the blog!
Suzie writes,“this was a special collection for me, which was inspired by Rimpa, one of the major historical schools of Japanese painting. The interesting thing is without painting or drawing, in the end the result I even surprised myself. Many friends told me they felt those prints look like real paintings. I did this collection in Northern Thailand (Chiangdao- The City of Stars) in September this year. So I have to say, nature has given me endless energy and inspirations.”
“Here comes my story with print designs: One day nearly Christmas time in Addis Ababa, two of my close friends came to me and both of them mentioned the same words “textile design.” Then like a flash of light, suddenly I knew what I was searching for all these years: I don’t like the pattern cutting part of fashion design; I am good at PR, marketing, even business management, but I felt I could build something more than that. I do really love prints and fabrics–all the shapes, materials, details, culture, and colors. And from that day, I started to know there is a job called textile designer in this world. Then I found Pattern Observer and read all the blogs one by one. After that, I joined the Textile Design Lab and other sources, then I started a self educated journey since then. Michelle, Chelsea and their whole team has taught me a lot during this wonderful journey. Then I left Africa and started living and traveling around South East Asia. I kept studying art and painting, and also textile design during this one year. And one day, Chelsea saw my work, and she told me it’s beautiful and they are going to feature me on Pattern Observer, I felt so excited. It’s like a milestone for me. I knew nothing about this industry one year ago…And now I even know myself (soul- the real me better), I felt I do really have a deep connection with Oriental art, especially historical Japanese art. I might not be meant to be a great print designer, but this trial and error journey brings me to a border space of beauty. Where my soul starts to breathe and shine without any doubts.”
We asked Suzie if she has any words of advice for those just starting out on their textile journey, and she replied, “I think most things in life are trial and error. Even if we have already a clear vision and easy imagination in our life, we still have to try everything in order to find the right path to reach our own vision and our own imagination. So, be patient and everything will come out eventually.”
You can learn more about Suzie’s work at http://suziepanprints.wixsite.com/portfolio or www.suziepanprints.com, or reach out to her directly at email@example.com. Have a great weekend, everyone! -Chelsea
Images via: (clockwise from top left) “Salt” by David Björn (cropped from original), “agate” by andy muir (cropped from original), “Agates” by Smabs Sputzer (cropped from original), “Uruguay agate” by Jessa and Mark Anderson (cropped from original), “agate” by Lisa Ann Yount, “Australian Moss Agate Opus02” by zygzee, “Edge of Agate” by Mark Chinnick (cropped from original), “Condor agate 1” by Jessa and Mark Anderson, “omsi agate and mineral show” by theNerdPatrol