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Studio Lilla Form

sprinklesStudio Lilla Form is the illustration & pattern studio of Cathy Westrell Nordström with a background in graphic design. Her love for flora & fauna, abstract shapes, nature and bright colors join forces in her patterns. There is a unique delicate quality to the patterns that, combined with her color palette choice, makes them stand out form the crowd. You can connect with Cathy via instagram.
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Posted by Bryna Shields on 10/20/15 under artists
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Joy Laforme

Raspberry+PickinJoy Laforme is a textile artist and illustrator based out of New Jersey. Her work is heavily influenced by spending time in the garden with her mother, as well as her mother’s love for American folk art. This sentiment certainly shines through in her whimsical body of work. Each piece in her portfolio is warm with nostalgia and feels like walking through a lush wonderland of botanicals, fruits and birdsongs. Joy uses a combination of media including gouache, acrylics and digital illustration. She has worked for many clients including Macy’s, Galison, Artfully Walls, Oopsy Daisy and Target. 
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You can connect with Joy via Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

Posted by Bryna Shields on 10/13/15 under artists
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Haejin Park

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Pizze Beach is a great example of her talent for imagining unusual narratives, with pizza toppings sunning themselves on a cheesy surface. 

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You can see all of her work here, follow along on Instagram or say hi to her on Twitter!

Posted by Bryna Shields on 09/30/15 under artists
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Sanna Annukka

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Sanna Annukka is a British designer with a heavy Finnish influence in her work. Having spent a lot of time with family in Finland growing up, she even calls it her spiritual home. It’s very fitting, then, that she has done quite a bit of work for Marimekko (surface design royalty). There is something so very charming and playful in each of her prints, that are unapologetically graphic and colorful. Her passion for pattern and decoration infuses her work with an energy that jumps out at those who take in her work. Sanna’s illustrations have appeared on tea towels, pillow cases, calendars, plates and tins.

Be sure to connect with Sanna on Twitter and Instagram.

Post written by Bryna Shields. Have questions about the world of surface design? Send me a tweet!
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Posted by Bryna Shields on 06/01/15 under artists
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Eloise Renouf

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features lovely prints of graphic leaves, trees and creatures. Her work quickly demonstrates her passion for nature. Her elegant use of texture and color make work that is instantly recognizable as her own voice. One of the unique strengths in Renouf’s pieces is her ability to create pattern-centric compositions that stand alone successfully as prints.

Not only does she sell work through her Etsy shop, but she has collaborated with companies like Cloud9 Fabrics, Land of Nod, Uppercase Magazine and Target. Some people have even gone so far as to use her work for tattoos!

You can connect with Eloise via Etsy, Facebook and Instagram.

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Post written by Bryna Shields.

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Posted by Bryna Shields on 05/27/15 under artists
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Leah Reena Goren

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Leah Goren is a NYC-based illustrator and surface designer. Her patterns feature soft representations of people, florals and geometrics. Her color palettes are unexpected, making her portfolio a treat to sift through – you never know what you’ll find next! In additional to her own product range, Goren’s patterns have translated into numerous partnerships with brands including Anthropologie, Land of Nod, Evian and Frankie Magazine. Her work maintains a consistent and unique voice across all the products she touches, from scarves to editorial illustrations to dresses to paper products and soap packaging. Her portfolio is a shining example of how one artist’s voice can successfully span across a variety of media and applications. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next!

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Post written by Bryna Shields.

Posted by Bryna Shields on 05/04/15 under apparel,artists
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Aitch

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Aitch is a Romanian illustrator whose work often features botanicals and animals. She finds inspiration in travels, folklore and childhood memories. Her intricate patterns are mesmerizing and keep the viewer exploring. Her work has appeared as wallpaper, playing cards, packaging, ceramics and window decorations, adding her own playful and sophisticated voice to items we often overlook.

One of the other things that sets her work apart is that she uses patterns in unusual contexts, as evidenced in her figurative/portrait pieces, where patterns appear on the skin of her characters.Lo-Aitch-08
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You can connect with Aitch via Behance or Facebook!

Written by Bryna Shields.

Posted by Bryna Shields on 04/29/15 under artists
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Livy Long

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Livy Long is an illustrator at Hallmark Cards. Her work fuses handmade elements with a refined & clean design approach. The subject matters of her work ranges from animals and characters to hand lettered quotes and botanical details. Her use of limited, but bright color palettes add to her unique style.
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Connect with Livy on Instagram or Tumblr.

Post written by Bryna Shields.

Posted by Bryna Shields on 04/23/15 under artists
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Enemies Yay

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Enemies Yay is the collaborative work of Laura Blythman and Pete Cromer – both of whom also create incredible colorful work of their own.  Utilizing paper cuts adorned with neon color palettes and patterns, this collaborative collection packs a real punch. With equal parts playfulness and detail, it’s hard not to spend hours looking at each piece, there always seems to be more to discover in their work, which often features quirky characters and lush florals. Their work is a testament to the magic that can happen when you collaborate, and it’s exciting to see what will become of the duo next! Be sure to check out their instagram where they share news and sales of their prints!

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Posted by Bryna Shields on 03/27/15 under artists
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Herbert Green

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Herbert Green is an alias for the work of illustrator/designer/maker Rachael Cocker. Her colorful patterns often feature fruits and florals, and are created using handmade methods, including paper cutting and collage. According to an interview with Grafik, Cocker is inspired by the “wonderful in the ordinary”. A varied interest in creative pursuits such as knitting, printed fabric, drawing, collage and ceramics keeps Cocker’s creations fresh and exciting. It is clear she really enjoys the process of discovery as she applies her ideas to all these media.

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tumblr_nia0kirYIC1r3k4qto1_500You can connect with Rachael on her tumblr page, or via twitter.

Written by Bryna Shields.

 

Posted by Bryna Shields on 03/10/15 under artists
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