Make It In Design Interview!

In August I was interviewed by Make It In Design! I was thrilled to have been selected for this designer feature on their website and blog. For those who missed seeing my designer interview and would like to know more about me and read my interview which was published on 31st August, here is the link  - Kirsten Katz Featured Designer

Designer Feature with Make It In Design Blog

Designer Feature with Make It In Design Blog


Victorinox 2016 Design

I have been entering alot of international design competitions and challenges lately. It is a great way as a designer to be able to work on different products and styles as well as getting work out there for the world to see.  The Jovoto, is a platform to bring creatives and global brands together to submit art, designs and patterns for products.  Victorinox 2016 is the most recent design competition that was open to creatives worlwide. 

The goal of this project is to design the 2016 Victorinox Limited Edition collection, for the classical smaller-version  of the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. The aim was to develop a new, exciting and unseen design that unmistakably combines your style with the latest trends and exciting graphic elements.

My design Tulski showcases what Switzerland is famous and synonymous with - Tulips, skiing , mountains and the bold colours of its flag. Tulski, a combination of Tulips and Ski, is a modern design that is on trend with current patterns and geometric designs. 

I wanted to create a design that was graphic, bold, timeless and gender neutral which related to the iconic Victorinox brand and celebrated the beauty, wonders, sport and scenery of Switzerland. The colour palette for Tulski was directly drawn from the Victorinox logo and the Swiss flag with the addition of a charcoal black and a silver grey. The design elements are stylized patterns based on tulips, skis, ski trails, snow covered mountains and the lakes and valleys between them. 

You can view and rate my design my design Tulski on the Jovoto website. I would love your support :)


Fleur de Lizard

This is a fun little design that I entered into the Spoonflower 'Ditsy Lizards' textile challenge. Because lizards are definitely not my thing I thought this would be a good challenge to be able to design a pattern that would not look like lizards and be pretty.  Fleur de Lizard is the design I came up with, a cute fun pattern that is a quirky take on a traditional country style french fabric. I think it looks rather good on tea towels!

Designing for Glass

First of all let me tell you that I love glass and it is one of my biggest addictions when it comes to collecting and purchasing. This passion of mine has led me to accumulate a wonderful array of art glass by Australian Glass Artists, so I was super excited when I was going to learn about designing for glass home decor products in the course I am currently studying.

The possibilities are endless; from vases, plates, dishes and bottles, to windows, lights, candle holders and clocks, and then wonderful statement pieces and sculptural works. Then there are the techniques and applications; Hand blown, cast and molded, fused and slump, etched, sandblasted, decal and painted. Such variation in style and choices where was I to start?

The only thing I did not have to decide upon was the mood and the colour scheme as these were set by the trend board I had chose to base my designs and product concepts on. Le Reve was my theme and following on from the previous two weeks I had certain motifs and constraints in what I could utilise in order to decorate and design my dream glass home decor products. 

I had so many ideas and products that I wanted to design and apply my art to it was overwhelming, so I had to restrain and refine my final product selections. Here is the final result of my weeks work in learning and designing glass for the home decor market. 

As always I design surface pattern designs to form the basis of my work and portfolio. This week I chose to focus on two flowers for the main pattern designs. Daffodil and Lentern Rose were my choice floral subjects this week. I also produced a collection of product mock-ups for fabric with my daffodil illustrations, here is the result for some soft furnishings and a homeware collection which I have called Daffodil Danse. I really think it says springtime and would bring a touch of happiness and colour to your home.

Well that is a short roundup of my last weeks work as a designer. I am glad to be able to share with you some insights into my world as a surface pattern and product designer. For further information about any of these products or comission design work  please Contact Me

To Blog or Not to Blog?

That is the question and something that has been on my mind all day. However before I go into my thoughts and decisions about this I will share with you a very funny memory from Las Vegas when I was there on a business trip.
What Do I Want? What Makes Me Happy?  What Do I Really Enjoy Doing? 
The answer to all these questions was - To Design! 
Great I know what I want, what makes me happy and what I really love to do....But what now?


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