Category Archives: Surface Design


We love the fabrics and product extensions of this Japanese textile brand, Makumo. The tiny garage brand is the brainstorm of Japanese designer, illustrator and screen printer Miki Fukuyama. Her four member company designs, prints and makes all their products in Fukuoka, Japan. Some of their products are available here in their English online store. Their shoe collection is available here at Onitsuka Tiger.

You can follow this group on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Makuma.


Leslie Keating

Found these great drop cloth wall art on Big Cartel and just had to find out more about the creator. Melbourne-based graphic designer turned textile designer Leslie Keating is the artist behind the brand Maze and Vale. Originally from Canada she designs, screen prints and creates
utilitarian goods with her fabric. We were attracted to her simple designs and use of muted coloration. On an interview with Flower Press she says this about her work and her favorite media:

“I’m a graphic designer turned textile designer, avid sewer and mother of two little girls. I’m drawn to muted colours, interesting angles, asymmetry, disarray in patterns, simplifying the most compelling forms of nature and screen printing it all by hand in my wee tiny studio (ahem, the third bedroom).”

“I loooooooooove fabric. LOVE. Always have really. Sewing is the first craft (and I’ve done/tried pretty much all of them) that I’ve been inspired to keep learning and continue to be thrilled by, because it lets me work with fabric and create things that are both beautiful and useful. And now that I can design and print my own textiles, in whatever colours I want, I’m pretty much in heaven.”

You can follow the artist on her blog, Facebook and Instagram. She has both a Big Cartel and an Etsy shop.

Images: Courtesy of Leslie Keating.

Emily Isabella

emilyisabellaEmily Isabella is an illustrator and designer based in the Hudson Valley, just north of New York City. Her work varies from book illustration to packaging design to textile design. On an interview with Surface Pattern Design Guild she writes about her style and what drew her to pattern design:

“I would describe my style as folky, yet clean and lighthearted with a bit a quirk. I am inspired by modern Japanese design, as well as folk art from South America and Scandinavia. I collect antiquated children’s books that are full of content that is a little off kilter. I have very specific taste so I am confident that as my work evolves and changes, it will always be recognizable.”

“My love of fabric and tactile processes was evident so I went to Savannah College of Art and Design and majored in Fibers. I bounced around with different processes in college but one thing always remained — I couldn’t stop drawing. Print design came very naturally to me and I discovered it to be commercially viable out of school. So here I am!”

You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Emily Isabella.