Over the past few years there’s been a noticeable change in the pattern trade show world. For years I would go from booth to booth explaining who I was, what I do and handing out business cards in hopes that someone would let me feature their work on Design*Sponge. But as pattern copying, especially with larger brands, became a bigger issue, artists became more and more protective of their work. While I completely understood their stance, it was sad to stroll through rows of beautiful patterns and talented artists and not be able to showcase their work in some way. But at this year’s show there was a palpable change. Rather than 2-3 booths like most years, this year’s show offered up handfuls of great artists that were more than happy to share their work online and had found a way to keep some work private while still getting their work, name and style online to spread the word. That meant that I was able to come home and collect cards and images from some very talented designers and I’m so thrilled to share them here today. From the bright abstract work of Ashley G to the playful pattern designs of Bikini sous la Pluie, this year’s show was an absolute delight. I hope you’ll enjoy my favorites and keep an eye out for them in the coming months and next year- I have a feeling we’ll see these patterns pop up on some beautiful home and fashion designs. xo, grace
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Caroline of Bikini sous la Pluie was the first designer I spoke with at this year’s show and her pattern work, below, was fantastic. I love all the cool blues and purples she uses.
Ashley G is always one of my favorite pattern designers- and all around people- to run into at any show. I’ve so enjoyed watching her pattern work go from the pages of her notebooks to the shelves at some of the biggest stores in the country. I remember when her little bearded men paintings were all the rage at Etsy- and now she’s all the rage at national store. Go, Ashley! [Ashley’s pattern designs are below]
Kelly Ventura’s pattern work was bold, colorful and painterly in the best way possible. I loved all of her watercolor-style patterns. I would happily buy any of these in paper or fabric form. Fingers crossed one of them pops up as a dress somewhere. [Kelly’s pattern designs are below]
Gabriela Contreras of Gaby & Co. had her first year at Surtex this year and her patterns had a hand-drawn feel that I really loved. I especially liked her pink and red bridge pattern. [Gabriela’s patterns are below]
I was crazy for the saturated colors in Debbie Clapper of gneural‘s work. The contrast between colors and bits of geometric line drawing was a nice change of pace from the more curvy/round elements popular with most booths. [Debbie’s patterns are below]