While I completely understood their stance, it is sad to stroll through rows of beautiful patterns and talented artists and not be able to showcase their work in some way. But at this year’s there has been a palpable change. This year many a great artists are more than happy to share their work online and had found a way to keep some work private while still getting their work, name and style online to spread the word. That meant that I was able to come home and collect cards and images from some very talented designers and I’m so thrilled to share them here today. From the bright abstract work of Ashley G to the playful pattern designs of Bikini sous la Pluie, this year’s show was an absolute delight.
Ashley G is always one of my favorite pattern designers- and all around people- to run into at any show. I’ve so enjoyed watching her pattern work go from the pages of her notebooks to the shelves at some of the biggest stores in the country. I remember when her little bearded men paintings were all the rage at Etsy- and now she’s all the rage at national store. Go, Ashley! [Ashley's pattern designs are below]
Kelly Ventura’s pattern work was bold, colorful and painterly in the best way possible. I loved all of her watercolor-style patterns. I would happily buy any of these in paper or fabric form. Fingers crossed one of them pops up as a dress somewhere. [Kelly's pattern designs are below]
Gabriela Contreras of Gaby & Co. had her first year at Surtex this year and her patterns had a hand-drawn feel that I really loved. I especially liked her pink and red bridge pattern. [Gabriela's patterns are below]
I was crazy for the saturated colors in Debbie Clapper of gneural‘s work. The contrast between colors and bits of geometric line drawing was a nice change of pace from the more curvy/round elements popular with most booths. [Debbie's patterns are below]