Studio Tour

Studio Tour: Estelle Briedis

by Garrett Fleming

At only 22 years of age, surface designer and screen printer Estelle Briedis is slowly proving to her fellow Australians, and the world, that she has a serious knack for creating gorgeous and mesmerizing patterns. The detail, colors and their handmade nature makes each one appear so polished, you’d hardly believe they all start with simple ink drawings of architectural elements.

As she begins a new creation, Estelle will wander through New South Wales’ museums and galleries, getting inspiration from structural details such as archways and other flourishes. She looks up, down and all around, her eyes squinting through the peephole of her favorite tool: a teleidoscope. As she moves around each space, the device creates reflective patterns out of what she sees through a small hole. (The process is similar to how a kaleidoscope creates imagery out of the beads inside it.) It sounds simple, but it’s vital to every one of her creations.

Once she finds a tessellation she loves and the ink drawing of it is set, the final design is repeated through a screen-printing process before it’s given touches of watercolor to truly make it stand out. And stand out they do. From housewares and fashion accessories in pink and fucsia to curtains in salmon, her hard work sure does yield great results. Click through to take a closer look at her process and the space where she brings it all together. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Estelle Briedis

Studio Tour: Estelle Briedis, Design*Sponge
From pattern choices to financial decisions, Estelle's main workspace is the hub of her office.
Studio Tour: Estelle Briedis, Design*Sponge
The series Estelle creates start right here at her computer and inspiration board. She first collects her favorite images and patterns, and then puts them on display to keep her creations on track.
Studio Tour: Estelle Briedis, Design*Sponge
Estelle keeps an archive of patterns and motifs she's created on hand at all times, too, and uses them to create new and exciting designs. It's not hard to see the influence of architectural design in her work. "I find the geometric structure of buildings so incredible," Estelle tells us. "I often wander around the city and galleries... I use a teleidoscope -- which is a type of kaleidoscope -- that refracts the imagery outside of the instrument to create more-complex tessellated patterns [out of] these architectural forms."
Studio Tour: Estelle Briedis, Design*Sponge
Once Estelle lands on an architectural design she likes, she repeats it over and over using a screen printer.
Studio Tour: Estelle Briedis, Design*Sponge
After being screen printed, some of Estelle's favorite pieces get a special touch: watercolor details that "... create a more layered, complex print."
Studio Tour: Estelle Briedis, Design*Sponge
These swatches are used to test print and color combinations before they are used in full-fledged and final pieces. Estelle's work has appeared in the form of housewares, curtains, furniture, clothing and accessories.
Studio Tour: Estelle Briedis, Design*Sponge
A tray featuring one of Estelle's final designs.

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