Esther Yaloz wrote to us after reading Naila Malik’s recent post about creative sketchbooks. Esther was inspired by the post and “thought to submit a few pictures of my own sketchbook for anyone interested in a glimpse into the textile designer/printmaker creative process.”
Esther and her husband Ofir are the founders of PLANETARIUM, a textile design studio based in upstate New York. Esther is a textile designer and Ofir is a product designer, and both graduated with honors from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel.
“After working in the design and fashion industry for several years, we have followed our dream, and opened our own print and design studio. We made the move to a beautiful town in upstate NY, with our dog Sam and a whole bunch of books & design materials, to keep us inspired amongst the beautiful landscapes surrounding us.
As a textile designer specializing in screen printing I find having a sketchbook is like having a “portable studio” I take it everywhere, and fill it with ideas, color mixing recipes, pictures I find engaging, ideas I wake up with, different pieces of fabric and lots more…
I carried my childhood fascination with wildflowers to botanical images. They have become a central motif in my textile design. I delight in details and textures, and am passionate about printing and creating patterns. I love transforming raw materials into a unique final product. It’s all part of a magical process, accenting the uniqueness of each and every item. Everything is hand-printed, dyed, and sewn in our workshop with much passion and attention to detail. We design our products in small series, just as we prefer to purchase items for ourselves.”