Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Designer interview! The one and only: Majo Bautista

Today I have the pleasure to have in the blog the fabulous and super enthusiastic Majo, who is based in Milan,Italy and 
her studio's name is : MaJoBV 
Majo is a Fashion, Textile and Surface Pattern Designer in L♥VE with whimsical, bright, quirky, fun design, nail-art, dogs and fake eyelashes.

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Her work...
"My work is fun, bright and happy. I create patterns for different markets and surfaces with the sole intention of making people smile. It is my dream and project to have my own line of apparel and toys for children and dogs".
Happy by MajoBV©All rights reserved

She gets inspiration from...
"I get inspiration from EVERYTHING!!! I find inspiration everywhere I go. I truly believe, if you look at the world with curious eyes you'll find beauty and interesting things everywhere."

Veggie babies by MajoBV©All rights reserved

Why she became a designer...
"My dream had always been to be a Fashion Designer (ever since I can remember). However, for me garments have always been about the feel of the fabric, its colors, and its designs. I like simple silhouettes and cuts but with striking textiles, and that's why I started studying them while still in Design School in Colombia. I did some more Textiles while in my Fashion BA, but it wasn't until I graduated and discovered Spoonflower that I started to really work on textile design. Then, last year, while taking the ABSPD course, I discovered that there was a whole world called Surface Pattern Design and that textiles was just a part of it. "
Happy face MajoBV©All rights reserved

Why she loves being a designer...
"My favorite part is to show it to people and see how the react to my work. I love getting feedback, even if it isn't always good. I'm in continuous evolution, both personally and professionally, so criticism can help realize what works and what, on the other hand, needs to be improved. I also enjoy seeing my work on ready products, and like it even more when I see it on someone that has bought it: it means that they like it and that's all that matters!" 

Sweethearts by MajoBV©All rights reserved

Her upcoming projects...
"Well...there are plenty, but the most immediate one is my online class called Reign Repeats: create perfect repeat patterns in Adobe Illustrator. I've partnered with Skillshare to create this class to share with people my own creative process and also how to use one of my favorite design tools: ILLUSTRATOR

The class is for surface pattern designers, graphic designers, illustrators, artists, crafters and anyone else who is interested in pattern design using Adobe Illustrator. 

You'll submerge in the wonderful world of patterns, and learn how to use the basic Illustrator tools to bring to life your ideas. You'll learn how to create a repeat, both the old-school way and using Illustrator CS6 new Pattern Tool. At the end of the class you'll be able to create your own designs for you to use however you want; for example, to sell your own fabric on Spoonflower. To help you get started with this, you'll create a repeat for a Spoonflower contest as part of the final project. 

I'll explain you how to get your hand-drawn sketches vectorised (even if you don't have a scanner), how to apply colour and then easily re-colour your design to create new colour ways, the different types of repeats and how to make them, and how to solve most of the common problems that arise when using Illustrator. I'll also teach you how to prepare perfect files for you to get your best results on Spoonflower.

At the end of the class, I'll choose the top 15 designs and will showcase them on my blog and Facebook page. For a week I'll ask my readers to vote for their favourite designs and the top 3 voted will receive some fab prizes donated by Spoonflower. 

This course will be packed with lots of useful info, helpful resources, and inspirational interviews from great designers that have come to reign repeats. If you can't wait to get your ideas on to fabric or any other printed surface, don't miss the class… enroll now! by clicking here you will be directed to the enrollment page

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Her big dream as a designer...
"I dream of having a world-wide well-established
Eco-conscious lifestyle brand with product lines for children, pets and eventually, grown-ups too". 

Her favorite medium to design...
"Simple pen and paper and then Illustrator "
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How she stays motivated...
"I keep thinking of the big dream and how realizing it will make not only me, but also my family very happy and proud. My family is my biggest motivation... Especially my mom and dad."
Illustration by MajoBV Quote by Lilla Rogers

Her favorite thing in her studio...
"I work from home and don't have a space I can call a studio... Not yet at least, but hopefully soon. However, the thing I like the most of being able to work from home, is being able to be more time with my dog. The day I will have my studio/boutique(s) 
I like continuously thinking big, I will take my dog with me, and the day I'll have employees, I'll allow them to take their dogs too. I think it makes people happier when their furry friends are with them (and it also makes our furry friends happy!) "
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The word BELIEVE means to her...
"Strength, hope and trust. I struggled a lot lacking self-confidence, but the minute that started changing, my career started taking flight! I still second-guess myself a lot! and constantly need to remind myself I don't have to be perfect... it is a work in progress, but I'm glad I've already started it, and that I now BELIEVE in myself."

How to get in touch with Majo...
Blog Muy Majo 

Together we are happy by MajoBV©All rights reserved

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Brushes and acrylics out, getting ready for a new adventure!!

I am sooo happy I will be playing with brushes and acrylics in few more days!!
Thanks to the generosity of Flora Bowley I was one of the 10 lucky winners of a sport to take the fabulous e-course called "Bloom true".

Flora is a painter with 18 years of international experience, with a successful career, a book, beautiful work and lots and lots of fans. Her approach to painting is very unique involving intuition , braveness and self trust. Flora's work is not only visual beauty full of colors, shapes and textures, is also  an inspiration of freedom & trust. 
Flora describes her art in this way:
"I find joy in allowing my paintings to unfold naturally as I experiment playfully with color, form and composition.  Ultimately, I consider my work to be a celebration of life; chaotic, subtle, beautiful, mystical and ever changing.” Source

I am so grateful with Flora and her business partner and organizer of fantastic e-courses Beth Nicholls of do what you love for life for this opportunity and also the lovely fellow designers and my beloved husband that knowing how much I wanted to take the course took the time to nominate me and to write very nice words about me.

Big thanks to:

If you want to know more about Flora Bowley here you can find lots of info and videos:
Check a recent article in the Huffington post about Flora called Artistic Abundance
An interview with Flora in Smart creative woman by Monica Lee
A fantastic video of Flora's Brave Intuitive Painting from a blank canvas to a beautiful painting
Follow Flora's blog  "Brave intuitive you"
Read her "Brave intuitive painting" book
More info about the "Bloom true" e-course that will start on May27th, 2013
Like Flora in facebook or Follow her on twitter @florabee

Since painting is something has been with me since I was a child, here is some of the stuff I have paint, all of them has been a gift for someone dear to my heart. I have fascination with blues and trees as you can see... I am sure after the course my choices of colors and shapes will evolve with more freedom.

I will show you the results in the upcoming weeks!, for now below you check out my previous paintings.
Painting during a course in the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland OR
Displayed in Temixco Mexico In my Father house.
Painting during a course in the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland OR
Displayed in Beaverton OR, in the Luna-Berna family house.

Painting created for my hubby Vincent Dekker as an anniversary present
and displayed in our homein The Netherlands

Painting created for my hubby Vincent Dekker as his 38 bday present
and displayed in our homein The Netherlands

Monday, May 13, 2013

Designer interview: the talented Lily Reilly!

Hello, I am so delighted to feature today in our blog the lovely Lily Reilly, an Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer from Cork, Ireland but currently living in Berlin,Germany.
Lily's studio name is Petal to Petal.
I really love Lily's unique style that she named :"flower bomb" and sweet personality, I am really happy that she let us know more about her and her fantastic work. Enjoy!

All rights reserved © Lily Reilly 2013

All rights reserved © Lily Reilly 2013

How she did it:
"I love to create pattern and imagery at any chance I get, my main areas of interest being textile and surface pattern design and fine art/ illustration.
I studied Graphic Design and then trained as an Art and Design teacher, both at Crawford College of Art and Design in my hometown, the beautiful Cork City. I  graduated from Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholl's course  'The Art and Business of Surface Design' last summer."

Her work and style:
"The subject matter of my work is primarily quite feminine- I love to work with florals, hearts and other positive imagery that I hope will make the world a prettier place. My style is quite intricate and I use a lacing pattern that I call ‘flower bomb’ in a lot of my work. The pattern explodes and disperses and I like to experiment with it and use it in different ways. I particularly love working in monochrome and just concentrating on the shapes and detail of a pattern. The pattern explodes and disperses and I like to experiment with it and use it in different ways".
All rights reserved © Lily Reilly 2013

Her inspiration:
"So many different things inspire me- the detail in nature, fashion, retail display, classic and contemporary art, the enthusiasm in people for what they do..the list really is endless.
I like to look on Pinterest - although a lot of the time it’s for recipes as I love to have something nice on the table for my boyfriend when he gets in from work".
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She found our she wanted to be a designer when..
"My parents are both creative and I come from a creative family- my sister is also an artist and my brother is just finishing film-making in college. Our household was always a creative one so making things has always been a second nature to me.
I was introduced to Charles Rennie Mackintosh and William Morris by a family friend who used to give me books and their work and the ethos of the Arts and Crafts Movement just blew me away- I thought ‘what a lovely way to view the world’. I studied Graphic Design and then became an Art and Design Teacher and always did my own illustration work in my spare time. It took me a while to pinpoint exactly what it was that I wanted to do'.
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Her favorite part of being a designer:
"I can honestly say that I don’t have a favourite part- starting a new project is always exciting, when things are evolving half way through that can be interesting and at the end when I have finished something that is a nice feeling too".
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Her upcoming projects:
"I am currently part of an exhibition here in Berlin, which I helped to organize with two friends. I am typing this as I curate the gallery space. The exhibition is called ‘all in the detail.’ And it shows three very different but feminine artistic styles. The opening was on Saturday May 4th and we were overwhelmed and delighted with the turnout and the way the night went. The exhibition runs for the whole month of May.
I am finishing off a few projects at the moment so I can move on to new things. I like to work on a few different projects at the same time- I think that mixing it up that way keeps it fun.
I am always open to commissions and collaborations with other designers and I enjoy participating in different events and exhibitions".

All rights reserved © Lily Reilly 2013

Her big dream as designer:
"My dream would be that I can keep doing what I do and for it to be well received- as there is nothing quite like people enjoying the work that you create, which is personal to you".
All rights reserved © Lily Reilly 2013

Her favorite medium to design:
"I love working in pen on paper- I always have. I studied Graphic Design and one of our topics was print. I developed a healthy obsession with paper- the texture, the weight, the colour- it is wonderful stuff! I really enjoy sitting down with some nice new pens and beautiful paper and just starting a project- it’s just as exciting for me as when I finish the piece. In the last couple of years I have been working on wood a lot but it is much more time-consuming and harder on my pens!"
All rights reserved © Lily Reilly 2013

How she stays motivated:
"I plan my days using a really great little calendar on my desk- it is a blank calendar with a weekly display and you fill in the month and dates. That way, if I’m away for a few days I just pick up where I left it and it makes me feel less pressured.
I think that it is really important to give yourself little breaks throughout the day too- I sit out in the sun for a bit, head over to my friend’s house around the corner for coffee and a chat or head around all the lovely little shops and boutiques around here for a look. I draw inspiration from everything and that in itself motivates me to work on a project. As I’m working on something, new ideas come to me and I am happy to say that I don’t have enough time to make everything I dream about".

Her favorite thing is her design studio:
"My favourite thing in my studio would have to be my cat Poppy, if you can call a cat a thing? She curls up and sleeps next to me as I work, and she likes to play with my pens, which she seems to have a fascination with. She is the first pet that both my boyfriend and I have had outside our families".
All rights reserved © Lily Reilly 2013

The world believe means to her:
"Believing in yourself is so very important. If you don’t, then it is likely that others won’t believe in you either. Create work that is an extension of yourself and you will flourish".

How to get in touch with Lily:
Twitter: @PetaltoPetal

Monday, May 6, 2013

Back to school!

I can describe myself as an eternal student. I love to learn from everything and everyone. Since I was a child I have been in lots of classes and that is something I will always be grateful with my parents for. 
I was always the kind of girl who had always things to do after school,things like painting, tennis, karate, swimming, piano, gymnastics, and all kinds of dances where in my list of things to learn, I had to try all and at the end stick with the ones I liked the most, then swimming and painting where the ones that actually make a mark in the person who I became.

I believe education is a privilege and and an opportunity , a big one actually! If you for instance think in a girl like Malala Yousafzai and her history you will realize how lucky we are to be able to be able to study and to learn things in freedom. "Malala, a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Pakistan, was shot by the Taliban in October 2012 because she believed girls should have the right to go to school. Her story of bravery, determination, and passion for learning in the face of almost unimaginable odds captured the attention of the world and inspired a global movement for girls’ education".(source abc news)

In 2011 I joined the course "The Art and Business of surface pattern design" by Rachel Taylor & Beth Nichols, this course was  fantastic , full of information, inspiration and motivation where I could refresh my knowledge in the design industry and where I could see all the possibilities I had for my design business in addition to designing for textiles and I  also meet a group of talented and supportive group of fellow designers.

This year I enrolled to a new course called Make Art That Sells  by Lilla Rogers & once again Beth Nichols.

Lilla Rogers is one of the most respected illustration agencies in the world, representing 38 international artists globally. The Lilla Rogers studio was established in 1984 by Lilla Rogers, a successful artist and a illustration teacher that decided to initiate a big adventure to represent other talented illustrators and help them to achieve their dreams.

This course will be divided in 2 parts and will start in June (Part A) and in October (Part B) and it  give insight in depth into the most lucrative markets for art.  Experts who actually buys art for renowned brands will be giving advise and Lilla Rogers herself will be giving feedback about the students work.

So.. as soon as I heard this course will be available, I didn't thought it twice and enrolled myself, because I want to learn from the best and specially because Lilla is an inspiration for her amazing talent as agent & artist and for the way she supports and promotes other talented artist to make their art profitable.

Last year I exhibited in Indigo-Premiere vision in Paris the Believe creative studio design collection for 2nd time, then I got the idea to invite other designers to contribute to the design collection and suddenly I found my self being an agent, having  the honor to represent 15 other talented designers from around the globe.If you want to hear more here is a post about it.

I wanted to share such a fantastic opportunity I had  and helping others to sell their art was a fantastic experience which I would like to keep doing.

I want success and abundance for me, but I also want to share it with others, and Lilla Rogers definitely knows how to do that. 

If you want to learn more about of Lilla Rogers course just click here,you still have time to join!!

Lilla Rogers School Logo by Suzy Ultman          Illustration by Rosie Martinez-Dekker ©2013 Believe creative studio

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Do you want to get a free spot in the course starting in June!!!or do you want to be part of the Global Talent search competition where you will win a 2 year representation by Lilla Rogers studio? visit do what you love for life blog