Design by Drawing from Personal Experience

More than 20 years ago, my father sent me a postcard from Japan that featured a beautiful Pagoda, trees, and bridges.

The original postcard that inspired it all

I was so inspired by the design that I saved the postcard and it eventually became the inspiration for our Kyoto fabric design.

The Kyoto in classic blue and white, adds a beautiful and stylish splash of color to this room.

Drawing from your own experiences as a catalyst for design, is one of the most rewarding experiences and it is easier than you think!

Here are some tips you can apply to help you draw from your own experiences in order to create a design masterpiece.

Tap into the power of your real-life stories

Use a key event in your life to design a complete scenario.

By doing this, you are making the object of your design real and alive.

To achieve this aspect successfully, you need to ensure that you tie your personal experiences into the subject matter to give it true value.

Understand your audience

Before implementing any design based on your own personal experience, you must have a thorough grasp of what your target audience is looking for.

Listen to consumer feedback to help improve customer satisfaction.

Define who you are as a Designer or Creative Professional

Take stock of your skills, experience, and personal attributes to figure out who you are. Develop a list of words that reflect your brand, both personally and professionally.

Be prepared to throw out early ideas that don’t feel right, just as a client might.

“As a designer, you have to be able to put yourself in the user’s shoes and understand what they want to see and how they want to see it”

Darren Chang
We recently brought out new colorways in our Kyoto fabric. These include classic blue and white, various greens with light teal, a natural color palette, as well as a fresh coral with pink and aqua.

Besides bringing back fond memories of my father, the pattern is fun and fresh in color, yet stylish, despite having traditional motifs in the design.

The print creates a perfect balance between Eastern and Western sensibilities, while still providing a beautiful backdrop for any room.

Our Kyoto fabric design is a modern interpretation of the Japanese Chinoiserie design of Pagodas in a Toile style.

“No pattern should be without some sort of meaning”

William Morris

I'm Jaima Emmert

Passionate about color and design, I create fresh styles and products for your home. Check out my shop and services to bring more patterns into your home and life!

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