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Featured Designer: Insiyah Shahpurwalla

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This dreamy tropical collection is making me long for warmer days (instead I am hunkering down for a long Montana winter!) Insiyah Shahpurwalla is the Mumbai, India based textile designer behind these beautiful prints, and her vibrant color palette and tropical imagery conjures delightful daydreams of breezy palm trees and fresh, fragrant blossoms.

Insiyah studied textile design at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore and currently is “designing graphic artwork collections and printing fabric for a bunch of fashion designers, fabric stores and upholstery stores.”

Insiyah’s passion for textile design is unmistakable and I love her description of her process: “My eyes are always in constant need to spot patterns in every single frame and surrounding. This fixation gives me the urge to devise and create designs that will simply integrate itself into fabric. The charm of ink coalesced with fabric brings into existence a beautiful field of design that I am extremely proud to be a part of. Colour palettes, patterns, fabric swatches and inspiration heavy ideas form the basis of my design style. I draw most of my inspiration from photographs and deconstruct them to use as visual elements in designs. I mostly work on Adobe Illustrator to create a base and juxtapose these elements together on Adobe Photoshop to create patterns and repeats. The beauty of print design is that a single artwork can be interpreted in various forms and patterns, be it over-all’s or even placements, giving me the scope to explore and produce something new every time.”

You can see more of Insiyah’s work at her Behance portfolio or follow her on Instagram. Have a wonderful weekend! -Chelsea

Monthly Vignette: November 2014

Music: “Aurea Carmina” (CC BY 3.0) by Kevin MacLeod


Another month gone and time for our final vignette of the year! A few of last month’s highlights included an interview and free training excerpt from Suzie Erlank, our guest expert in The Textile Design Lab, a look at P&B Textiles’ latest collections, a product feature showcasing Lital Gold’s stunning patterned phone cases, a fascinating textile history post on famed designer William Morris, and lots lots more which can be seen in this quick video re-cap! To learn more about any of the posts featured in the November vignette, use the search bar at top right or just scroll down and click back through previous pages of the blog. Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the Pattern Observer YouTube channel, where you will find all of our past vignettes and lots of other great video content including recorded interviews, snippets from some of our past classes, and more. Enjoy and have a great Thursday! -Chelsea

Found Color Palette: Emerald Hues


Images via: (clockwise from top left)  “Beer bottle” by Blondin Rikard (cropped from original) “green glass float” by normanack (cropped from original),  “Don’t forget to recycle!” by James Wang (cropped from original) Wall of Green California mountain cypress trees, Half Moon Bay, California, USA” by Wonderlane (cropped from original) “green / pink / rain / decay texture” by dotlizard (cropped from original) Green wall” by Tom Taker (cropped from original),  Verdant Adit” by darkday

December Instagram Photo Challenge


Today is the first day of our December photo challenge on Instagram. This 7-day challenge is all about the images that inspire you this month. You can play along by posting images of your interpretation of the daily prompt—your photos or your artwork. When you post a photo, hashtag it #PatternObserver AND the daily prompt. Pattern Observer will do a blog post after the challenge and share our favorites.

Remember, there is no pressure to participate everyday. There are no rules here, just have fun and share your observations.

How can you follow along and see what others are posting in the challenge? It’s easy. After you share a photo with the hashtag #PatternObserver, simply click on that Instagram hashtag and you will see the feed of photos with the same hashtag. Join the conversation by commenting and liking the photos.

Go ahead and share photos on Twitter too. If you share an image on Twitter, be sure to include the hashtag #PatternObserver and the daily prompt hashtag in your tweets. You can click on the hashtag to see the #PatternObserver feed on Twitter.

Can’t wait to see your photos! I’ve mentioned this before, checking in with the Pattern Observer community on social media is often a daily dose of inspiration that sparks creativity.


7-Day Photo Challenge (December 8-14)

Mon: #Traditions
Tues: #HolidayColors
Wed: #SparkleandTwinkle
Thurs: #NaturesCelebration
Fri: #WinterWonderland
Sat: #HolidayFood
Sun: #Giving



This Instagram challenge has been organized by designer Chris Olson. Chris is a Colorado-based illustrator and surface designer known for her modern playful illustrations and designs that you can view at She writes and sketches about all things design at her newly launched Pattern Bliss blog. You can follow Chris on Instagram at @Chris_Coco_Olson

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