Feast your eyes on these stunning patterns by Lidija Paradinovi? Nagulov, who draws under the name of Celandine. Lidija is in love with patterns and surface design and her passion is contagious! She writes, “there is nothing in life I would rather do for a living than this.” Lidija explains how she came to the world of surface design in this short bio:
“A finance and administration manager by day and a designer by night, she started to draw almost by accident – a friend asked her to make a custom signature to use on a gaming forum. What started out as a casual pastime has over time turned into a hobby, then a passion, and is now slowly becoming an alternative career. Her inspiration is mostly drawn from nature, and she loves to draw small creatures like birds, insects, shrimp or crabs.
Starting out in illustration and moving over to patterns, she is drawn to complexity and strives to make ever more elaborate and intricate repeats. She spends more time picking out the color combinations for her patterns than she does drawing them, and every design ends up having ten to twenty colorways at least.
Lidija started to draw in 2009, at the age of 31, and has been making up for lost time ever since by staying up far past any reasonable bedtime and scribbling away. Her second love in art is digital painting, and she is currently completing a series of illustrations for a book of children’s stories written by six year olds, which is set to be published at the beginning of 2014 in Croatia.
Lidija lives in Belgrade, Serbia with her husband and two year old son Luka. Luka loves when his mom draws for him, but his requests so far are confined to ‘heart’ and ‘hippo’. Lidija’s dream is to become successful enough in the textile design industry to be able to make a full career switch and finally free up her nights for sleeping.”
You can see more of her work on her portfolio site, purchase items featuring her artwork on her Society 6 page, or say “hi” on Facebook. If you are interested in learning more about how she makes her patterns, you can also check out her pattern tutorial video on YouTube. Here’s to a creative weekend! -Chelsea