Monday, 20 August 2012


Hello and welcome to my ABSPD Featured designer week. Showcasing the amazing talent that has emerged from The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, created by the super talented Beth Nicholls and Rachael Taylor. 
I have shared with you my journey from Module 1 and 2, and I thought it an excellent idea to share some work from the talented classmates I am so happy to have (virtually) met. 

Today I am happy to share the work of Julia Barber, who runs under the name Pink Amaryllis. 

Can you tell me a little bit about your background in Surface Pattern Design?
I studied illustration at college and since graduating 14 years ago I have produced a variety of work that has been used in advertising, for packaging and published in magazines. Over the last few years my illustrations have become more and more decorative and my style progressed naturally  toward pattern. To be honest I had no idea there was actually a specialism 'Surface Pattern Design' until I stumbled across this course. It has been a real eye opener :)

What made you apply for the ABSPD course and what have you gained from it so far?
I had just started experimenting with some simple repeat patterns when I found out about the course. I thought it would be an excellent platform for me to gain an insight into this branch of illustration. I have gained so much from the course so far - it has been jam packed full of information & inspiration (too much at times!) It has re-sparked my love for illustration and design and made me look at things in a new way - I have even started working with pencil and paper again!!

Can you describe your style and what methods you use to create your designs?
My style is similar to the rest of my illustration work - I seem naturally drawn to bright colours and simple shapes. I am often inspired by nature and wildlife, leaves & flowers feature quite a lot in my designs. I also like patterns with a strong design element, bold shapes, limited colour palette and simple repeats - I have a love for retro patterns and the wonderful designs of Orla Kiely. The course has encouraged me to try new motifs and methods and I have been enjoying designing with pen and paper again. This has made some of designs a little more fluid and I'm also beginning to experiment with placement patterns.

Where do you see your work progressing in the next few years, and what industry would you say you are aiming at?
Surface pattern design is very new to me and I only feel that I have scratched the surface. In the future I hope to continue to develop my work and signature style. At the moment most of my work features simple bold repeats and therefore I think it lends itself to homeware, wallpaper etc and possibly gift wrap. Who knows what the future holds though, I shall just continue to enjoy designing and see where it leads me. I am looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead - Thanks Rachael and Beth!

A Small Selection of her Work: 

If you would like to contact Julia, or see more of her fabulous work, Please click here