Surrounding yourself with talented and interesting people is by far my favourite past time. Discovering complimentary skill sets, discussing new ideas, having differing opinions and most importantly capitalising on years of experience and learnings keeps my mind ticking and creative juices flowing.
Having design ideas, visions and mood boards is one thing. Interpreting them into tangible design sketches and final artwork to send to manufacturers is quite another! Recognising the need for a talented and experienced graphic designer, Sunday Minx enlisted the help of print and pattern designer Kerrie Cauvin to help bring our love our colour and bold, geometric shapes to life in the textile world.
We asked Kerrie more about her love of design, favourite projects and where she finds her inspiration...
When did you first step foot inside the design world?
I studied Fashion Design immediately out of school, however it wasn’t until years later that I crossed over into Graphic/Textile Design. With my fashion background I easily fell back into the Fashion industry but this time doing textile graphics for a range of markets including Kidswear and Womenswear.
What is your preferred type of graphic design?
I love creating patterns that will be translated into clothes and homewares.
How do you select colours and patterns?
A lot of my work evolves from playing around with hand drawn / painted artwork, and then playing in Photoshop with blurs, colour changes, blending modes etc until something awesome and unexpected happens!
I also look at so much inspiration all day, everyday, that I think its all stored away and steers my designs in a certain direction. The catwalks are a pretty great inspiration source too.
What is your major inspiration?
I think the power of technology with Photoshop and digital printing is super exciting when it comes to fabric concepts. There is so much scope for what can be produced and it's a really exciting time to be a designer. That and Pinterest :)
Is there a specific project you worked on that you loved?
I worked on the Collette Dinnigan Wild Hearts Lingerie range whilst I lived in Melbourne. It was great to see how Collette worked and pretty amazing to see my graphics and fabric designs on the products in store!
How do you unlock a design brief to deliver the best results to your client?
When I get a brief I always find initial ideas immediately pop into my head. A lot of it comes down to always looking out there at whats around me, in real life and the web and storing it away in my mind's image library for future reference!
We loved working with Kerrie and look forward to future collaborations with her.
More of Kerrie's work can be seen on her website www.kerriecauvin.com