When I was five years old, I told my mother that I wanted to be an artist. At that point, though, I didn’t know if I’d rather be a tight-rope walker or a painter. Later, I went on to study textile design. It felt very right.
The inspiration for my work comes mostly from everyday life, from fairy lights, construction sites and cookies. I take this input and translate it into patterns. I’m also very inspired by colours, arts, music and the nature. The creative process in itself generates new ideas through coincidences, experimentations and errors.
My design process almost always starts with hand-drawing, and I try to maintain the hand-made feel in the final work. Happiness, playfulness and simplicity are features that characterize my designs.
Read more about Maria: http://www.patternsfrom.fi/blog/introducing-designers-maria-tolvanen/
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