Meet Australian designer Julie Lynch in the last of our Fabric8 finalist profiles! Read about Julie's inspiration for her Cosmic Voyage collection and how she works to meet tight deadlines. Voting on the eight finalists' fabric collections starts tomorrow, so be sure to check back to cast your vote for your favorite designer!
Describe your typical day as a designer.
Usually I start the day anywhere between 4:00 and 6:00 am as I work with my husband on our real estate photography business-- this is the time I am usually working on photographs or drawing up floorplans. Around 7:30 am it is time to get our boys up and ready for school, then the walk to school and back home again to continue working through the morning. After lunch I have time to work on graphic design, illustration or fabric design work until it is time to collect the boys from school. Winter is great because the real estate slows down and there is more time for me to do fabric design. After we arrive home from school, it's time for housework or family time until later in the evening when I like to do a little more design work or sometimes sewing or crochet.
Where do you interact most often with your design community?
My work is probably most visible on Spoonflower, I also have a blog that I started two years ago where you can find some of the fabric designs I have been working on as well as some thrifting, crafting, gardening and vacationing.
What do you do to meet a tight deadline?
If I have a tight deadline I like to get things started with some notes and planning. I find I am constantly thinking about design work so I make sure I sketch down any images that pop into my head. Once I have the concept I like to make sure I get the technique or look of the image correct and then it is a matter of working through the design or project.
How did you come up with your Fabric8 design?
It was very exciting to see the theme of the Fabric8 was Cosmic Voyage as I have always loved space and science fiction. I wanted to make a fun design with a sense of adventure and imagination that would appeal to children and adults. The colour palette was created to reflect a retro look and at the same time, fresh and modern. I think the collection would work well for clothing an accessories, quilting and soft furnishings.
In what medium do you best like to create art?
Apart from sketching ideas most of my work is done on the computer in Freehand, Illustrator or Photoshop. Sometimes I do a more complicated illustration by hand but I always scan it and redraw in Freehand or Illustrator.
Who is one of your favorite visual artists, textile or otherwise, and why?
My favourite designer is Orla Kiely, I love her simple clean style and delicious colours.
What is your favorite song, album, or artist? Do you listen to music when you design?
When I am designing and working I don't usually listen to music; I like to have TV shows I am catching up on playing in the background. Some of the shows I like watch are Grand Designs, Gardening Australia, and I watch a few crime drama and science fiction series or sometimes old science fiction movies.
If you could meet any character from a film, who would it be?
If I could meet any character from a film I think it might be Ripley from Alien. It would be fantastic to meet any of the characters from Doctor Who!
Where would you go if you could travel anywhere, and what is one thing you'd most like to see or do there?
I would love to take my children to visit some of the great national parks in the US one day. We visited Yosemite years ago and I would love to go back and spend more time there. Here in Australia there are many amazing places we have not visited also, and I would love to take some family holidays to the central, northern and western areas of Australia.
What do you think next year’s theme should be and why?
It would be interesting to have a botanical or zoological theme nest year for Fabric8. It is quite a diverse area but it would be a great challenge to design something really different.
What are your plans if you win?
To win the Fabric8 contest would be an extraordinary experience to have work produced by a big fabric company like Robert Kaufman. I would love to continue creating fabric collections and work with fabrics to create quilts and hand sewn clothing and craft.
- Favorite color: Orange
- Spirit animal: Owl
- Favorite food: Chocolate
- Place you’d most like to visit: National parks of the United States
- Hometown: Littlehampton
- Favorite movie: Alien (Persuasion is my other favourite)
- Dog or cat: Neither dog or cat, but I would love a lizard, snake or tree frog.
- Favorite season: Autumn and Spring