Have you seen Texitura’s 58th beautiful cover design, an original floral inspired on Culture Couture trend of AW 18/19? Well, Jimena Palacios, a consecrated Argentinian Pattern designer with a very recognizable, absolutely pictorial, style, is behind it! And today we get an exciting chance to talk to her.
Her style comes out of a great university education in Fine Arts and later in Textile Design, and continued experience in this sector. And this is also why she is a reference teacher in Argentina, and known in many other places as well, since Jimena is very active in social media. As he also studied sociology of design, this interview promises to be most interesting.
Hello Jimena, thank you for your time and congratulations for the cover of Texitura 58, can you tell us why you chose to be a Pattern designer? What do you like most about designing Pattern?
Hi!, In my opinion, the prints enrich and add value to the clothing collections, giving them a unique style that makes them unmatched.
When I studied painting in Fine Arts, I saw the textures achieved in the canvases and always imagined them printed on fabric. I could not study textile design where I lived, and getting to move in order to keep on studying took a few years. But when I changed cities and graduated in textile design I was grateful to have done painting as well as it gave me a plus when it came to creating.
What is it like to be a Pattern designer in Argentina? Have there been changes in the sector since you arrived in 2007?
Most fashion brands in this country do not know what a textile pattern designer, so we end up doing the work of technicians and not the creative. They mostly buy original pattern designs while out of the country and then ask us to copy or change them. I have just a few big national clients, and mostly I take commissions from tiny ones that rely on my creative strength. I love Texitura because it makes my work known and gives it its just value.
Your pictorial style is very personal, but surely you have great influences, can you tell us which are your great sources of inspiration? Is there some artists outside the pattern design world that you love? And what about some patter designers?
I’ve always liked Kenzo, Ungaro, Prada… their combinations of colors and styles inspire me a lot, and now pattern is everywhere! And I like most of it! But artists inspire me too. I am inspired by graphic design, architecture, photography, illustrations … on Instagram for example I found a lot on Kitty McCall, and also Stephanie Hofmann’s work, that I love. In Argentina there are excellent designers that I follow on Istagram and whose work I see every day. In pattern Years ago, I came across the Argentinian studio Calavera Sur on Instagram, I found their work excellent and then I was lucky enough to meet them. There is great national design here, and it makes me sad that many big Argentinian brands buy out of the coutry.
Since when do you know Texitura? How did you find out about it? What does it mean to you?
Texitura dazzled me. Some designers told me about it, and I thought it was amazing. I started to check the website, then I saw the printed magazines and then I decided to participate in the contest.
It seemed a perfect idea to show exclusively patterns and show who the authors are, since the pattern designer is always behind the scenes and the prints are now the protagonists in the collections.
Texitura is a reference, a great showcase to the world, for me it should be a place of obligatory consultation for any brand.
I am very happy to be making images for Texitura’s Istagram! I want the app to have at least a new image every day, and these images will be quality pictures where we will see all the life, color and movement of the pattern designs published on Texitura, and get more people to enjoy the magazine’s unique inspirational richness.