I don’t quite have a proper studio that I work out of. My work set-up is generally my MacBook and I; in living room, in front of the TV, the bedroom or the spare room… wherever is most convenient. I’ve been living between Melbourne and Jakarta (where my husband works) for the past year, so I’ve quickly adapted to working anywhere. But my current spot I’ve set-up temporarily, while I’m here in Melbourne, is a small nook in one of our spare rooms. The other half of the room is filled with a bit of clutter (that slowly needs some sorting through), but I’m quite happy to work in this small space. There’s lots of natural light throughout the day, although now with my daughter, I tend to work mostly at night.
I have quite an extensive stash of fabric and plenty of pattern/design books to draw inspiration from. There’s also Pinterest, lots of websites and blogs that I love to visit and see what’s happening in the world of pattern design. My favourite blog is Print & Pattern, which I was lucky to be featured in last year. I also take lots of snaps with my phone when I’m out and about, which gives me ideas for new designs.
(Here’s an example of a pattern I created. First I draw motifs onto tracing paper and some gouache dots onto paper, which are both scanned into the computer. Then it’s traced into Illustrator and the gouache dots added to create the final pattern)
Sometimes I start out a design by drawing on paper; then I scan and trace it in Illustrator to start creating the motifs to form the pattern. Other times I’ll draw straight onto the computer. Since a dear friend of mine gave me a Wacom tablet for my birthday, I’ve found it so easy to draw onto the computer and now couldn’t live without it. I find creating patterns can be quite challenging but thoroughly interesting and enjoyable process; from finding the right motifs, getting the right repeat/spacing to selecting a visually appealing colour palette.