Blueprint Preview: Camilla Carvalho of Oak Print Design


We are so excited to present the work of Camilla Carvalho, who will be exhibiting at Blueprint, Show 2. We love her bright and colorful patterns, which are very representative of her native Brazil.

When I asked Camilla about how she came into her career, she shared: “As a child, I always enjoyed drawing and doodling, but I never pictured myself pursuing that career path. After working many years in another field, I decided to pursue my passion and now I work as a Surface Pattern Designer and Illustrator.”

The distinct intrigue of Camilla’s designs generates curiosity. I asked her about that and she told me, “My designs are delicate and crisp, and mostly inspired by nature. I love to walk around outdoors taking pictures of leaves, flowers, buds and everything else that might inspire me. With all those pictures in mind, I then draw, draw and draw….and before I realize, a new pattern collection comes up, fresh and clean.”


At this year’s show, Camilla will be bringing lots of new florals and other bright and fun patterns—ideal for the children’s market, stationary, fabrics, and home goods. She also added, “I’m looking forward to making new collaborations, as my dream is to have a fabric collection with my patterns.”

You’re invited to visit Camilla. She’d love to meet you. Remember, she’s at Blueprint, Show 2, which is being held May 20-22 in New York! You can see her amazing work at Booth 11 and visit her on Instagram.

Surtex Preview: Stephanie Jones


Stephanie Jones is a busy person. Like many designers, she has many things on her plate all happening at once. In addition to being an Illustrator, she is also a Pilates teacher and a K-12 art teacher.

When Stephanie reflects on her journey of discovery for where she has arrived, she says, “I love rich bright color and cheerful subject matter. When I was little, all the neighborhood kids sat around a coffee table and drew for hours. That’s where it started. Several of us are professional artists to this day.”


For SURTEX 2018, Stephanie has created an exciting collection that is going to be sure to draw attention. This is how she explains it: “I did a collection of Glamping imagery that I like a lot, as well as some blue and white design featuring chairs, and a nautical group featuring compasses.” Her work is so interesting and pleasant! I want to explore each little detail, texture and variation.

Some wisdom that Stephanie likes to carry with her comes from the combination of the artist and teacher that thrives within her. She says, “I always try to remember that there is a place for all artists’ work, just not always where you think. Keep looking and you will find your perfect fit.”

You’re invited to visit Stephanie at SURTEX, which is being held May 20-22 in New York! She’d love to meet you! You can see her amazing work at Booth 2615, which is Meehan Design Group. Also seek Stephanie out at her website and on Instagram.

Surtex Preview: Victoria Mlady


Some of the most talented and inspiring designers in our industry are self-trained. Victoria is one of these individuals. When I asked her about how she went about that, she said, “I learned Photoshop by jumping into it about ten years ago. I’ve approached everything I wish to learn just like this—with no fear! As long as I can remember, design and color have influenced me and been a huge part of my life. It started with a ball of yarn, a crochet hook and my grandma’s patient teaching. From there I took up drawing, woodworking, quilting, remodeling, and landed on the camera as one of my favorite tools”

All of Victoria’s designs are created digitally in Photoshop. Her goal is for “changing spaces to fit the inhabitant’s needs.” She spends hours pouring through design manuals, magazines, and books, and her biggest influence is colors in nature. All of this is a part of the process that Victoria easily exclaims, “I absolutely love it!”


I was curious about her use of Photoshop in her work and asked her to elaborate a bit more. Victoria said, “Sometimes I start with a photograph I’ve taken, but lately the process has been to build from the ground up and see where it goes. Half the fun is following your nose and getting lost in the process. I love that.” And the rest of us love what Victoria’s process results in!

Victoria designs for the home and commercial décor market, designing wallcoverings, fabrics, upholstery, and rugs. When asked why she enjoys these markets, she shared: “I enjoy imagining how a person might feel with a particular design in his or her immediate surroundings; our environments are so important to our well being! The work I create for commercial design is usually more bold and graphic.”


By year’s end, Victoria also plans to launch her own line of high-end decor products made from eco-smart materials under the name Victoria Bright. All of them are intended to brighten up living and working spaces in a modern eco-savvy fashion.”

Victoria would love to meet you at SURTEX, which is being held May 20-22 in New York! You can see her amazing work at Booth 2410 and visit her Instagram @mladyvictoria.

National Stationery Show Preview: Elizabeth Grubaugh


Elizabeth Grubaugh is an inspiration to me. What I love about her work is the lovely color palettes and whimsical illustrations. She adds so many beautiful layers to her designs and I feel swept up in the story she is telling when I look at her work. Her designs are an escape.

Elizabeth graduated from Parson’s School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she worked as an art director and graphic designer before focusing on her illustrations and product lines. Her work has allowed her to live all across the US and internationally, including New York City, Vermont, Detroit, and Japan, and now she’s settled into upstate New York.

When asked about inspiration, Elizabeth said, “I am inspired by both the natural surroundings of my home (Sterling Forest, bears, deer, hens, crazy dog, etc.) and the urban setting of my studio (Newburgh, NY—amazing but slightly rough). I paint, draw, sew, and screen print daily.”


Elizabeth is multitalented in the design area, where she has her own fabrics and prints on display. This year she has decided to exhibit at the National Stationery Show, where she will be displaying her paper line. When asked what was in it, Elizabeth said, “Art prints, note cards, wrapping papers, gift tags, and zip purses made from her own fabric.” Her work is so inspiring, and I cannot wait for Elizabeth to achieve her next aspiration—wallpaper, kids books, and a big floral sofa!

You’re invited to visit Elizabeth at the National Stationery Show. She’d love to meet you! This show is being held May 20-22 in New York. You can see her amazing work at Booth 1837 and visit her website

Surtex Preview: Sarah Von Dreele


I am thrilled to kick off a week of SURTEX features with the talented Sarah Von Dreele. Sarah received a BFA in Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design, and then began studying 3D design, where she quickly realized she was more of a 2D thinker. According to Sarah, “None of my cardboard constructions stood out!”

From there, just like for many of us, Sarah went to work in the corporate world and slowly found her way back to her creative passions, and began painting surface designs in the evening as a way to take a break from pixels (part of work) and her little petunia (her daughter).

When I asked Sarah about what medium she enjoys the most, she shared: “Hundreds of paintings later… I paint solely in gouache. The inherent opaque and transparent quality allows for a lot of flexibility. I am inspired by patterns found in nature which I use to explore form and boundaries of repetition.”


Sarah’s energy and passion for her work is also evident in what she creates. In regards to this, she says, “I’m very excited to show the range of work achieved by my iterative process, demonstrating the depth of graphic form as it evolves from a recognizable narrative.” She is also on a journey to become fluent in French, although she’s not quite there yet. Her lessons are definitely helping her, though! In fact, Sarah has come to realize that “learning another language as an adult is a great way to exercise your brain—cartwheels for your head!”

You’re invited to visit Sara at SURTEX, which is being held May 20-22 in New York! You can see her gorgeous work on display at Booth 2539 and visit her Instagram.

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