Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Surface Designer Elizabeth Olwen

I have been following the work of designer Elizabeth Olwen since learning of her on Print & Pattern last month. Elizabeth is based in Toronto, Canada and is a graphic designer by trade. She has been working at that for the past ten years but has always worked on patterns as a personal hobby. Last year she took a sabbatical and went to Berlin to see what would happen creatively. She found that pattern was still truly at the heart of her creative passions and was thrilled to discover that there is actually an industry for it. She says it was a magical day when she discovered the field of 'surface design'!

Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

 
Pattern by Elizabeth Olwen

Definitely one to watch, Elizabeth is currently taking the online course The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design and says she is 'having a blast!' She intends to take another sabbatical and focus solely on making patterns and developing her portfolio. Elizabeth is drawn to flowers and organics of all shapes and sizes. She hand draws patterns, produces them digitally, and often does a combination of both. On her website it states that Elizabeth's work is driven by the desire to leave something beautiful behind with every step she takes. Judging by what I have seen of her work so far, she appears to be doing exactly that.



Patterns by Elizabeth Olwen

 Elizabeth has a website, and keeps a blog that she updates regularly with fresh designs. It is well worth subscribing to, and I can't wait to see how her current study influences her design. I think we'll be seeing plenty more of Elizabeth Olwen, and I'm sure I'll continue to like it.

A huge thanks to Elizabeth Olwen for allowing Kitty as a Picture Illustration and Surface Design Blog permission to publish these images. 

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