Surface Pattern design inspiration



I’m super excited to be featuring a designer, illustrator and blogger who produces such beautiful Surface Pattern design inspiration. Her name is Louise and she has a blog called Love Print Studio.

Coming from a Surface Pattern background, I really appreciate what Louise produces. I love how she combines colours, patterns and illustrations into her inspiration boards. Louise is able to put together such wonderful colour combinations and the images she chooses are striking, too.

Surface Pattern design inspiration



You can see how Louise has used yellow as a starting colour and then highlighted other pastel, tertiary shades such as, lilac, turquoise, yellow-red, pink, lime-green and a powder blue. Overall, she has created a beautiful spring inspired collection. The colours are perfectly matched, as when you squint your eyes, they merge into one. No one particular colour dominates the others. I love it!!

As a Surface Pattern designer, you concentrate on designing beautiful designs for surfaces. These can be for print (apparel & home furnishings), stationery, product design and graphics, amongst others. It is a real skill to be able to marry particular shapes, colours, details and textures, using a dynamic mix of media, materials and decoration, in order that they are aesthetically pleasing.

On Louise’s blog, she shares her love for Surface Pattern, as well as some cooking ideas, her love for photography and artists’ work which inspire her. I was fortunate to find out what makes her tick and to get some background information about this designer/illustrator.

Fascinating facts about Louise

Me_When did you realise that you had a passion for design?

Louise _ I’ve always been quite creative, and from a young age I would happily spend time painting, writing stories, drawing and crafting. My interest for anything ‘arty’ developed throughout school; I loved art, graphics and design technology, and when it was time to decide on a college course, I knew it had to be within art and design.

Me_  How did you get into studying Surface Pattern at university?

Louise_ My interests within design were really broad so I did a GNVQ in Art and Design at college which covered a multitude of areas; art and art history, graphics, fashion, ceramics, photography, etc… and coming towards the end of the course, my tutor told me about a newish course back then, ‘surface pattern’ where I would be able to continue covering and learning about all the areas I loved so much. I was desperate to get a place on the degree course at Staffordshire University, and can happily say it’s the best course I could have done and suited my interests perfectly, couldn’t fault it, amazing!

The course covered lots of areas in the first two years, looking at everything from ceramics to screen printing, designs for wallpaper to packaging, interiors, designer maker pieces, etc… and I then focussed on my two biggest loves in my final year; children-swear and stationery design. I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in 2003 and exhibited at New Designers in London.




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Me_  How long does it take when putting your inspiration boards together?

Louise_ It’s hard to say really as I collate images as I go along and then start to get a feel for the kind of ‘mood’ I want to curate. Maybe an hour or so. I generally like to include a mix of my big loves; food, fashion, styling, photography, design, colour…

Me_ What are your favourite colours or colour combinations?

Louise_ I don’t really have any particularly favoured palettes or combinations, my loves seem to constantly change. On saying that though, I’ve always had a thing for duck egg blue, and with spring on the cusp of showing an appearance, I’m loving the new pastel hues; soft lilacy blues, peachy tones and mint, yummy! Look out for some lovely combos coming up for spring/summer in colour crush posts!




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Me_ What inspires you?

Louise_  Oooh wow, so many things… a colour palette, a photograph, beautiful styling, fashion, typography, an illustration style, trends, children’s books..the list really is endless! I love reading blogs and browsing instagram and pinterest and find endless sources of inspiration there. There’s such an abundance of great designers and illustrators out there too, so much talent…there’s always something to inspire. I’ve really enjoyed doing the etsy interviews on my blog; finding out more about designers and illustrators I admire and what makes them tick, very inspiring!

Me_  Are there any artist/ designers who you’re loving at the moment?

Louise_ There are so many designers that I’ve discovered over the years that have inspired me, but if I had to pick a few current ones, I’d say Hannah Cole, Erin Fitzhugh Gregory and Ophelia Pang. A few of my all time faves would have to be Freya Art, Jane Ormes, Rifle, Hillary Bird, Junzo Terada, Mini Labo…



Louise’s love for food & photography


Me_  What is your daytime job?

Louise_ I work for the very lovely Paper & Cloth Design Studio as Design Manager, and have been there for 4 years. So my day is filled with ideas, trends, drawing, designing and creating artwork for our studio portfolio or commissions…all good stuff! I feel very lucky that I spend my days doing something I’m so passionate about…

Me_ What is the highlight of your career so far?

Louise_ After I graduated I worked in the greeting card industry before getting a job with George Clothing and then later on at TU Sainsburys. Seeing some of my very first designs on children’s clothing was pretty special. I absolutely love the job I do now so that would have to be the highlight. Having my designs featured on products by such lovely brands; Paperchase, H&M, Vertbaudet, Galison and collections for Lilipinso and so many more!





Three Lovely Things inspiration boards


Me_ Do you have any plans for future projects/ developments?

Louise_ There are always new and exciting things going on with Paper & Cloth…I’m extremely lucky that the mix of clients and end uses we design for are so varied. As for my blog, you can expect more of the same in the future, sharing lots of lovely moodboards and gorgeous colour palettes, recipes and things to inspire.



Another Colour crush inspiration board


Don’t you just love Louise’s inspiration boards? If you like Louise’s work, then pop over to her blog to see more of her inspirations and who she’s currently featuring on  

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