Designer insights with Josephine Kimberling

Josephine Kimberling is a licensed designer creating surface patterns and painted artworks from her eponymous studio, working from Seattle, Washington. Josephine uniquely combines fashionable patterns with on-trend color palettes to create engaging and compelling design collections. She has worked in product development for over 12 years as a textile designer, as well as working for Nordstrom. She has also worked as a graphic designer for Hallmark Cards, developing stationery and gift-wrap lines. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Josephine Kimberling.

Designer Insights - Josephine Kimberling

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

Sophisticated, lighthearted and detailed patterns and artwork that incorporate hand-drawing, paint & collage. I’m a maximalist who enjoys mixing pattern, texture and color to create a unique look.

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

I start my creative process with research – reviewing runway trends, historical textile books, looking through magazines, and Pinterest. The knowledge from these resources keeps my work fresh & relevant.

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

I learn so much from each client I work with, as they are industry experts in their field. I enjoy learning about their customers, their brand, what works for them and what doesn’t, and to be given the opportunity to work alongside them and learn from them to create something beautiful together. They make me a stronger designer and leave me different than before I started working with them.

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

I create mood boards. Using my research as a compass, I am inspired to think through how to incorporate future trends into my own theme’s, creative voice and artistic style.

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

I knew I wanted to create to my own artistic vision someday, and spent 12 years cultivating my skills and learning from others in the corporate world to do so. My advice? Gain as much experience as you can, hone your artistic voice into something truly you, and work really hard.