Tell us about the process, from imagination to pattern on fabric?
I always walk around with pads and pen in my bag. Draws and scribbles down ideas at every opportunity. It can be a shape or color that triggers my brain and then it just has to be tested immediately, does not like to walk around and think, wants to try immediately! In addition, I fill my mobile with pictures, if I see something exciting, can be a fruit, flower or whatever, I take photos and save in my image bank.
The next step will be to make a pencil sketch that I file on. When it’s done, I transfer the illustration to a new piece of paper by whitewashing it on the light table with a black pencil, make an outline. Then just color, use felt-tip pens, watercolor or gouache. When I am satisfied, I scan in and expose. So I start building patterns and reporting.
Then the fun will be to “create” patterns on Elobina’s page, to see how the pattern looks.
What do you do with the fabric when you get it home? Is a lot for your own use? are you sewing? are you reselling?
It is always just as exciting to get the fabric home. Unpacks instantly, always amazed at how nice it will be, perfectly reproduced colors. I usually print a meter of my new patterns and try on some products. I mostly sew myself, but for larger productions I get help.
I sell my products via Social Media, no website yet. I also have some events where I show off my products and have a popup store. The companies that have contacted me have seen what I have done via Social Media and thought that my manner suited their business.