Pattern Observer's Award of Excellence

Our mission at Pattern Observer is to support, inspire and promote both emerging and established designers as they grow their businesses and careers. We would like to recognize these designers who have taken our series of workshops and exceeded our expectations with the Pattern Observer “Award of Excellence.” Designers who have earned our “Award of Excellence” have proven themselves to be talented artists, trustworthy partners and emerging leaders in our industry. They have experience in the apparel, home decor and quilting markets and are working with clients around the globe. Interested pattern buyers should reach out to each designer through their website.

agnes_somogyiAgnes Somogyi

As a textile designer, I create bright and bold patterns for apparel and home decor with a special passion for swimwear. I graduated in textile design at MOME in Hungary. I live on the Spanish island Mallorca. To develop my playful and vibrant prints, I lean on my background in the apparel and swimwear industry. I enjoy experiencing with different mediums and the mixture of them to create trend focused original artworks for the fashion industry. Please visit to learn more.

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Artist & Designer Brittany McLaughlin has a broad range of experience in textile design, merchandising, marketing, and project management. Schooled at the former Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science and the University of the Arts, her design sensibility is influenced by nostalgic patterns & historic textiles, lace designs, quilt patterns, needlework samplers, folk art, handmade crafts, and industrial design. Please visit

Carol-close-up-squareCarol Lelivelt

Carol Lelivelt is a textile and surface designer living in Seattle, WA. She takes a painterly approach in designing beautiful patterns for the woman’s apparel and home décor markets. Please visit her website at to learn more.


Chris Olson

Chris is a Colorado-based illustrator and surface designer creating art and patterns for home furnishings, fashion, textiles, and stationery. She is known for her modern playful illustrations and sunny designs that you can view at She writes and sketches about all things design at her newly launched Pattern Bliss blog.


EM | Surface Design

I am Esther Jongste, owner of EM | Surface Design, based in the Netherlands. As a textile and surface designer, I create unique pattern designs, tailored for the intended end-product in the home craft, quilting, home decor, children’s and men’s apparel market. Hand drawn elements characterize the artistic starting point of open and light-hearted artwork. A commissioned design can be developed as well. Feel free to visit EM | Surface Design to learn more.

Isabel Isaza

Isabel Isaza

I am a passionate textile designer currently living in Ohio, but I grew up in Colombia, where I obtained my degree of Textile Design from the Universidad de los Andes. I design exclusive pattern collections for high-end apparel and home decor manufacturers looking for a particular take on current trends. Please visit

JaneJane Cooke

I design for home furnishings, apparel and stationary markets. The landscape of my home in British Columbia, Canada provides plenty of inspiration for my designs. Art and design history also influences my work. I like to create contemporary artwork that reflects upon different eras, like prints with a vintage feel or elements evolved from time-honored motifs. Please visit my website to learn more:


Jessica Stuart-Crump

I am a Vancouver based Textile & Surface Designer who creates patterns and illustrations for clients in the fashion and sportswear industries. My patterns are intricately illustrated with various mediums, such as, inked hand drawings, watercolour paintings, photography, and digital manipulations. Please visit my website to learn more.


KathKath Studio

KathKath Studio is the collaboration between graphic designer Kathryn Pledger and textile designer Kathy Schicker. We design and produce unusual and trendsetting prints for interiors, fashion and products. We are interested in collaborations and commissions. Please visit to learn more.


Lauren O’Kelley

I specialize in hand drawn elements that are stylistic and abstract with a touch of whimsy. I design for apparel, gift-wrap, paper/stationery, home fashions & decor. Please visit to learn more.

IMG_0866Sarah Nussbaumer Design

Pattern and surface design are how I express my delight in the world around me. My prints range from floral to geos and are perfect for the quilting market. Recent work explores dynamic abstract patterns suited to the apparel market. Please visit to learn more.

At Pattern Observer we strive to help you grow your textile design business through our informative articles, interviews, tutorials, workshops and our private design community, The Textile Design Lab.

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