Textile Design with Amanda Caronia
- Mata Traders
- 20 Sep, 2018
Creating a Print Design
Amanda’s imprint on the fall collection is strong, with five designs and several variations gracing the surfaces of over half a dozen pieces. We caught up with her to learn a little more about her methods of designing and thoughts on textile design.
Last year Maureen reached out to me after seeing my work on Instagram and was interested in collaborating. I was thrilled with the opportunity because Mata Traders is exactly the kind of environmental and socially responsible company I seek to work with. After sorting through my portfolio 5 prints were chosen. I customized the repeats for apparel. From there, Mata took the art and came up with color combinations that worked for the season. I was able to approve the color ways for production and loved what the Mata designers did with my prints! Sometimes it can be scary to hand over your work to companies and trust what will be developed. But I knew right away that Mata Traders only produces beautiful pieces and the only hard part was being patient enough to wait to see the final product.
I lived near the beach in California and now in Costa Rica so lots of time in and around the ocean is always my inspiration. When I sit down to draw these days I try not to think too much about anything particular but just let it flow – I love to be surprised by what evolves.
I think the initial creative process is the same for both. But when you have to ultimately create a repeat pattern there is a special attention to balance in the composition that has a different set of rules from other art forms.
Everything! I have always loved drawing and painting but when I learned to make my first repeating print I found my path in the world of art and design. I especially love discovering which of my prints work best with apparel. I think it’s the hardest product to design for. The human figure is the most complex to draw so creating the right design to decorate apparel is an exciting challenge. When you do it well, you make people feel good.