The Bird Challenge

Design challenge week Sixteen. The surface pattern marketplace sends out a weekly design challenge to all creative designers that have joined their marketplace. The weekly design challenge is a great way to really test their creativity and skills. By accepting the challenge they then have to create a design in their handwriting, giving their own interpretation of the challenge.

Ibis by Gudulab available for license at the surfac pattern marketplace
Ibis Pattern on a Dress by Carmen at Gudulab

Bird Surface Patterns

Each week the surface pattern marketplace chooses a topic that is relevant or has recently been in the fashion or home interiors blogs or trend news.

Ibis by Gudulab available for license at the surfac pattern marketplace
Ibis Pattern on a Children’s Smock Top by Carmen at Gudulab

Bird Textile Designs

This week they decided the challenge on a recent New York Runway Show, exhibiting some amazing Bird patterns for women’s wear Summer Sun 2020 Runway Trend.

Ibis by Gudulab available for license at the surfac pattern marketplace
Ibis Pattern on Active-wear by Carmen at Gudulab

History of Bird Prints

By now those following the latest styles know that bird-inspired fashion is one of the most cutting edge looks du jour, but knowing how to wear avian influences still leaves many a woman confused.  Traditionally designed Indian textiles boast of motifs representative of the Indian culture. Flowers, fruits, birds or animals Symbolising passion and courtship, a motif of a parrot is commonly found in artwork telling the story of Lord Krishna and his lover, Radha, a tale well recited in Hindu epics and sagas. Generally found on textiles from West Bengal, Gujarat and Rajasthan, the bird also represents lovers’ associations and is often used in couture designed for both brides and grooms.

Ibis by Gudulab available for license at the surfac pattern marketplace
Ibis Pattern on Bedding by Carmen at Gudulab

The Bird Design Challenge

For this weeks challenge the designers were asked to design one or two patterns using the brief of All About Birds following runway trends for women’s wear Summer Sun 2020. This weeks response has again been amazing, the designers have worked exceptionally hard and created some great surface patterns and textile designs using their own creative hand.

Ibis by Gudulab available for license at the surfac pattern marketplace
Ibis Pattern on Stationary by Carmen at Gudulab

The Winner – Carmen Jiménez from Gudulab.

All About Gudulab
After many years working on fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire, and her last position as Art Director, One chilly February day Carmen decided to leave the publishing world to create Gudulab. The urgent need to reinvent herself and to build a happier and more rewarding professional life helped her to define a “slow” way of designing prints imbued with passion and meticulous detail. In her creative laboratory, She works on two different lines of illustration. On one side She designs prints based on manually carved rubber stamps that are then assembled digitally without losing the artisan finish that characterizes them. Using a vibrant and stylish color palette, Carmen creates prints that are sometimes based on natural elements and sometimes on abstract ones, resulting in an unconventional and modern outcome.

Ibis by Gudulab available for license at the surfac pattern marketplace
Ibis Pattern on Cushions by Carmen at Gudulab

The wonderfully detailed design was created by hand carving rubber stamps, then using a chosen colour palette from a choice of colours on our design challenge brief, she then printed the design on paper and transferred into Photoshop and created the repeat pattern. Carmen has featured her creation on a women’s dress, children’s smock tops, Activewear, soft furnishings cushions, and bedding. The design looks equally great on children’s wear, Bedding as well as stationary.

To view or license this winning pattern

View other Bird patterns submitted for this challenge.

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Ibis by Gudulab available for license at the surfac pattern marketplace
The Design Challenge Winning Design ‘Ibis’ by Carmen at Gudulab

You will need to have an account with us first, click on start selling button on the homepage, complete our registration form, – and then send us 5 JPG images of your most recent work, your CV, and a brief intro as to why you would like to join the fastest growing surface pattern and textile marketplace in the World.