What is the inspiration behind designing a pattern everyday?
I was feeling generally uninspired and kept complaining to my fiancee (now husband) about it. Together, we decided to create Pattern Today as a way to have a structured creative outlet completely unrestricted by the confines of our day jobs. No matter what, we had to create one pattern a day for an entire year and post it to Instagram. It brought us closer together and made me see the world in new ways as I was constantly looking around for inspiration for that day's pattern. On the days when nothing seemed to be going right, creating and posting a pattern helped me feel like I had achieved something, no matter how small. (You can read my husband's point of view on Pattern Today
Is there a favourite time of the day to sit down and illustrate?
I created the patterns mostly at night after work. The ritual of closing my computer and picking up a paintbrush helped me to unwind. Sometimes we would also create several patterns in bulk, so that we could easily post them if we were on a trip without access to our paints.
We were in love when we discovered the Shiba pattern on your IG feed. Is there a story behind this print?
My entire family is obsessed with Shibas! We got our first one 18 years ago (her name was Chai Tung Summer Time Fun) , and haven't stopped since. Right now my parents have a male shiba named Yoshi
What medium do you use for your art?
I use a combination of pencil, black ink pen and watercolor to create the initial images. I then scan them into photoshop where I edit and duplicate them to create a pattern. Sometimes, i'll use one of the Instagram filters to spice up the final pattern before I post it as well.
Where do you draw inspiration from each and every day?
From our current Hiro + Wolf collection, what are
your three favourite pieces?
Definitely the Geo Green collar that I bought my sister's dog Bear when I visited your shop on Columbia Road Flower Market (and spilt orange juice all over your floor - sorry about that!) I also love the Inca bandanas, they are so chic. Finally, the Nebula Dog jumper is adorable - do you make it for humans by any chance?
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