I hope you had a lovely weekend…
I was recently contacted by Laura Mysak and I’m delighted to feature an interview with her today.
Laura is a surface pattern designer specialising in botanical illustration and she incorporates her floral paintings into her textile designs.
If you’re wondering what a surface pattern designer is…they create designs for any surface that requires a pattern such as fabric, wallpaper, wrapping paper, ceramics, etc.
Until I started Flowerona, I’d never come across the job role before. But having now featured a few surface pattern designers, it’s made me much more aware of all the work that goes into creating floral patterns, particularly those that appear on fabrics.
Could you tell us a little bit about your background?
I studied Printed Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, graduating in 2002 with a First Class Honours degree, then went on to gain a Masters in Textiles at Winchester School of Art.
I’ve worked in design studios for the UK fashion market, supplying CAD print ranges for fashion and fashion accessories retailers.
Currently I’m working on my new collection for my own surface pattern label, Laura Mysak Design, which focuses on botanical illustration with a contemporary twist.
Where do you get your inspiration for your floral designs?
I have a large collection of photographs of flowers taken on my travels round the world, most notably, the orchid gardens in Kuala Lumpur and the rich diversities of the botanical gardens in Cairns in Australia.
I also draw from life when I can, using the real sculptural quality of flowers as the inspiration to create drawings which I then turn into surface pattern designs.
Where can people buy your work/designs?
At the moment, a collection of my hand-painted floral designs can be purchased on fabric from Spoonflower.
What are your plans for 2013?
This year I plan to work on a comprehensive collection of sensitively hand-worked floral paintings to continue to expand my library from which to develop my surface patterns.
I’m very excited to work with other lovers of flowers to create beautiful floral-inspired products.
What is your favourite flower?
That’s a hard one! I love the exoticism of orchids, but I also love the true elegance of peonies and traditional English roses.
Many thanks to Laura for all her help in compiling today’s blog post.
(Images : Laura Mysak)