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Snippets: Chats With Creatives, Textile Designer Molly Fitzpatrick– Series 3, Snippet 2

Snippets. Chats with Creatives

Here at Digital Fabrics we love everything print, pattern and colour and we love to know what makes print designers tick.

This series we are focusing on textile designers as our creatives to get into the nitty gritty of the thing we love the most, textiles and surface design! We have asked a different set of questions relative to this and as always we hope to inspire others by sharing snippets of these creative stories.

Today we are chatting to Molly Fitzpatrick, a USA based textile designer who has designed for a wide variety of clients and products including major airlines, home furnishings, and baby accessories. She also works as a textile design consultant assisting with manufacturing and production needs as well as being the Founder and Creative Director of DittoHouse – modern, bold textiles for the happy modern house.

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Molly_fitzpatrick_digitalfabrics_textiledesign_surfacedesign_fabricprinting_9Tell us a bit about yourself, your brand/label name what your creative practice is, how and when you began:

My name is Molly and I own DittoHouse, a textile and surface design company based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. My company got its start when we welcomed an adorable baby boy into our family four (almost five!) years ago. I quickly learned that comfy cozy blankets are an essential part of every happy house; blankets for the baby to play on, for our visitors to snuggle under, to throw an impromptu picnic in the back yard! Not only is it essential that our blankets be so cozy, but they must look at home in our happy modern house.

Where do you call home and what is your favourite thing about where you live?

My hometown is Cleveland, Ohio. I live with my husband and kids in our bungalow that we’ve redesigned together. We made the inside open and bright, with clean and modern lines. Will (my husband) has done all the work himself! My favourite part is my office/studio space, which is on the second floor. He created a walkway with a balcony to make it into a loft. It’s got lots of fun design details to facilitate creativity (built-in bulletin boards, lots of storage space, and a fun hiding spot for our kids to play in, too).

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Rhythm, bold, colourful

Tell us a bit about what kind of studio, space or practice you run? Do you sell online or license your prints, do you do commissions or lots of freelance and what do you like doing the most?

I have three facets to my business: I work as a textile design consultant where I give creative direction to manufacturers on their textile products, I license my textile designs to companies, like CB2, and I have a product line of home textiles called DittoHouse.

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I love looking at my favorite textile designers and optical artists of the ’50s and ’60s for inspiration. Anni Albers and Gunta Stolz are two of my favorite textile designers. I love the optical art of Julian Stanczak and Richard Anuszkiewicz.

When designing a new collection or set of work what is your process and how long might you spend on this?

I like to work late at night when my kids are asleep – distraction free! When I’m working on a new collection, I usually focus on a specific idea that I want to put energy and love into, and something I feel is important to share with my audience. My most recent collection is inspired by one of my heroes, Malala Yousafzai, and her calling to empower girls through education. I hope to illustrate hope, power and light through my current designs.

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Generally speaking, I’m so proud that I am able to do the work I love to do, and am able to support my family with that work. Specifically, I still get really excited every time I see my designs in publications!

What advice would you give an aspiring textile designer in today’s challenging and competitive environment? Are there any resources you would recommend or websites that you couldn’t live without?

Do things you love! Give yourself challenges to keep yourself creating, and making new designs as often as possible (daily or even more). Make the things you wish someone else would make – fill the space and the need for things that only you can create, with your own special vision!

What would your dream creative project or collaboration look like? Tell us about why you would love to collaborate with them and what you find inspiring about their work.

I would looooooooove to create designs for Ikea! I really respect that Ikea has a intentional sustainability component to their company mission, and they are a retailer that I use and enjoy in my own home.

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Molly_fitzpatrick_digitalfabrics_textiledesign_surfacedesign_fabricprinting_15You can follow what Molly is upto: Dittohouse Website, Molly Fitzpatrick Studio Website, Dittohouse Instagram, Molly Fitzpatrick Studio Instagram.

Textile Collection Palamporia

Hello 2019 – we hope everyone is feeling refreshed after the break! We know it can be hard staying motivated after taking some much needed time off, so to help keep everyone on track with making 2019 a year full of creativity we’ve launched a brand new range of textile designs that feel summery, fresh and timeless. Introducing our Palamporia Collection.

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When embarking on designing a new range we found ourselves being drawn to the intricately detailed and beautiful tradition of Palampore textiles. These textiles were common across India during the 18th century and often featured hand-painted and hand-dyed designs depicting botanic motifs.

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The creative process began by collecting gorgeous reference imagery and local flowers to draw from, and then illustrating the motifs in pencil. A warm colour palette was then selected inspired by colours commonly found in natural and vegetable dyes, such as indigo and turmeric. The painting of delicate floral motifs using water colours then became a worthwhile labour of love.

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When putting the textile designs together it was important to mimic the undulating nature of the inky textures with interesting use of negative space and organic placement of elements. In some of the designs that have a more formal layout, the curved lines and water colour medium helps to give them a free-flowing feel.

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The Palamporia Collection puts a contemporary spin on the tradition of Palampore textiles, providing a pared-back style with a limited colour palette. The play between lovingly painted details and crisp negative space shows its versatility. We can see these prints working well for both fashion and interiors applications. Gorgeous summer dresses and linen pants, and fresh feeling bedding and cushion covers spring to mind. We’d love to know what sort of projects you think these designs would be perfect for so please get in touch! Designs are available in our Fabric Shop now.

 

Colours To Inspire: Purple & Orange

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Purple & orange is not an obvious colour combo but the mix of the deep purple and warm orange makes for a beautiful colour contrast. Purple promotes peace of mind, harmony of emotions and contributes to stability while orange radiates warmth and happiness.

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You can find the colours purple and orange in our Tribal Sunset fabric. If want you fabric colours to be perfect, no problems. We offer colour matching services. We can either colour match to provided Pantone colour or physical swatch.

Find more color inspiration on the Digital Fabrics Pinterest page

 

Colours To Inspire: Coral

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Curious on what coral can do for your mood? Coral represents positive life force, energizing, flexibility and desire. Colours can communicate so much and instantly set a mood, generate an emotion and inspire people to take action.
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Coral is also the main colour in our latest addition to the fabric shop called Coral in the Clouds
And with the different fabric options available at Digital Fabrics, this beautiful fabric can be used both for your next sewing project, swimwear or home decor ideas.
If want you fabric colours to be perfect, no problems. We offer colour matching services. We can either colour match to provided Pantone colour or physical swatch.
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What does coral inspire in you?

Lisa Madigan – Australian artist

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Once upon a night surfing on Pinterest we spotted one of Australian Artist Lisa Madigan artworks  and after seeing her other work we knew we wanted to share her beautiful art.

Madigans artwork’s are filled with emotion, texture and so much beauty.

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Images from LisaMadigan.com.auhttps://www.digitalfabrics.com.au/lisa-madigan-australian-artist/

Colour trend: Colours of Summer

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This months colour inspiration is all about the colours of summer

Image source: Gray Malin, Au Jour Le Jour SS15, DF_1026, DF_0124

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Colour trend: Glacier shades

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This Months colour picks have been inspired by the blue shades of Glaciers

Image source:Kate Friend, Erdem Resort 2013, DF111, DF104 (to view our print collection please contact us through our website)

Colour trend: Summer salad

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This Months colour picks have been inspired by vibrant summer salads

Image source: Nicole Franzen Photography, Sophia Bush wearing Monique Lhuillier, DF107, DF100 (to view our print collection please contact us through our website)

Sorbet

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This Months colour pick have been deliciously selected, pastel candy colours reminding us of hot summer days and being refreshed by delicious sorbets.

Image source: earrings Kendra Scott, pineapple, DF_066, Bikes, DF_085

Colour trend:Blush

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This months colour trends are all things pastels and blush.

These colour’s leave us dreaming of a love filled spring, which should be around the corner.

Image source: Ziadnakad.com, Eleleturkey.com, DF062CW1peony lace by Digital Fabrics, DF052CW1Open bloom by Digital Fabrics

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