HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:
Hi, I’m Camilla de Carvalho, the designer behind Oak Print Design. I’m originally from Brazil but I’ve been living abroad for many years. I’m currently in Montreal, Canada with my husband and two kids.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SURFACE PATTERN DESIGNER/ILLUSTRATOR?
As a child I loved drawing and painting but I never pictured myself on that career path until my kids were born.
Before being a pattern designer I worked for almost 10 years in the financial industry and I think that’s how I started to realize that I really liked the creative world. I had to prepare several presentations to clients, and I was always the one that would pay attention to all the formatting details of the presentation that no one else was caring about :)
So when I was pregnant of my first child, I decided to leave the finance world and to pursue my passion. I took some graphic design courses and that’s how it all started.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY/WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
Being a mom and working from home means that my schedule is very flexible. I generally work when my kids are at school and in the afternoon I’m mostly with them.
IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR 10 YEARS YOUNGER SELF ONE KEY PIECE OF ADVICE OR AN INSIGHT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I think this quote summarizes what I would have said to my self :
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK OR IN A DESIGN RUT, HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELF OUT OF IT AND BACK ON TRACK?
When I see that a pattern is not getting where I wanted I just stop and go back to it later on. I find that when you’re looking at the same design for too long without a break your mind can’t think about other options for it. Leaving the house, walking around generally instigates my creativity a lot :)
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?
A sketch book, Micron fine pens and of course Illustrator.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS?
Before starting a new design I generally go to Pinterest to get some inspiration looking at several pictures. I then start drawing the motifs on a paper, I try to draw around 15 motifs so I can choose the ones I like more after. I manipulate my scanned drawings in Illustrator. Once I’m happy with them, I start working on color, which is my favorite part of the process. I have a file with lots of pictures for color palette inspiration, that’s where I go first and pick two or three palettes to start. After that I start making the patterns.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?
I’m pretty new to this pattern design world but so far my favorite project has been winning a Design Challenge with Printed Village for Camping World, a big US retailer (see picture bellow). My design was selected among several others to be in an exclusive tote bag and now is being distributed in all their stores across United States.
Also, I’ve been working with a design studio in Brazil and I’m making prints for them which are then used in the fashion industry.
WHO ARE YOUR DREAM CLIENTS OR WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?
I will dream big on this one…. my dream clients are Target and Riffle Paper and my dream project would be to have my prints in a swimwear collection.
THERE HAS BEEN AN ART SUPPLY SANCTION IMPOSED AND DESIGNERS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO POSSESS 3 ITEMS/TOOLS, WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE?
A pen, a sketchbook and (in order to keep making my patterns) a computer with Illustrator.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
Inspiration is literally everywhere, you just have to be open and mindful to be able to look around and capture those beauties. When I’m making florals I love to get inspiration from flowers, buds and leaves and when the weather permits, I like to walk around taking pictures of all my findings. I also love to get inspiration from vintage posters and everything vintage, they are generally full of beautiful details.