When I walk down the street I see motifs and potential patterns everywhere. I love to design patterns around everyday objects and things that tell a story and are important in my life as a way to process and keep memories and pictures, from memories of picking raspberries in my grandma's garden to my daughter's favourite stuffed rabbit pretending to be a ballerina.
I recently tried to count how many times I've moved and settled for an approximate number of 72. While not all of these moves meant a new place to live, I've called 5 countries on 3 continents home. Experiences and images, feelings and memories from these different homes are reflected in my work.
In 2007 I started a blog while living in Heidelberg, Germany called postcards from Heidelberg. I wanted to share little snippets of my life in postcard format. I slowly started to focus more and more on sharing things I make and create, finding a blog to be the perfect outlet for keeping track of and documenting the different creative pursuits in my life.
In 2009 I discovered fabric design and started selling my first designs on Spoonflower on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. The focus of the blog shifted again as I started learning the art of crafting repeating patterns. I have a regular column on my blog where I share tips and tricks I learn along the way - mostly using Inkscape and Gimp, my design software of choice. Another regular column tells the story behind the designs I create, sharing a bit of the history, memories or stories that inspired the pattern.