Designer insights with Anneline Sophia

Anneline Sophia is a surface pattern designer and illustrator, working from her eponymous studio, based in the UK. Anneline grew up in South-Africa, an experience that has influenced her work, especially her love of beautiful floral patterns, vibrant colours and nature-themed designs. Well-travelled she has been exposed to many cultures, learning about their folk art which she often incorporates into her designs. Since becoming a mother, she has also developed a love of children's illustrations. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Anneline Sophia.

Designer Insights - Anneline Sophia

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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?

I create designs for products.  My designs are usually hand-drawn or painted.  I love to create modern, feminine designs with flowers and bright colours.

2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?

My designs always start with a hand-drawn sketch that I scan and digitally colour and manipulate to create patterns.  I have also been experimenting with painting elements and adding my own handmade textures.

3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?

I am part of a large online designer community.  Some of us have never met however; I value the friendship, support and advice of these people who each bring their own set of skills and knowledge.  We are all at different stages of our creative journey but it is lovely to see each other grow.  I feel privileged to have access to such global friendships with like-minded designers.

4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?

I am inspired through my travels as I am fascinated with other cultures, their folk art, architecture, history and use of colour.  I love to combine this with my own heritage and to create something different and new.

5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?

Passion, determination and hard work.  I always think that I don’t want to look back on my life and think ‘it could’ve been’, so I tell myself to just ‘go’ for it.  If you wake up in the morning and all you can think about is your dream, then you owe it to yourself to ‘go’ for it.