The Tropical Bird Challenge

Design challenge week 17. 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.

‘Toucans in Blue Forest’ by Nadya Basos

Tropical Bird Surface Pattern

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.

‘Toucans in Blue Forest’ by Nadya Basos

Tropical Birds Textile Designs

This week they decided the challenge on a recent Paris Fashion Show, exhibiting some fabulous tropical bird patterns for women’s wear Summer Sun 2020 Runway Trend.

‘Toucans in Blue Forest’ by Nadya Basos

Tropical Bird Prints

Paul Poiret (20 April 1879, Paris, France – 30 April 1944, Paris)[1] was a leading Frenchfashion designer, a master couturier during the first two decades of the 20th century. He was the founder of his namesake haute couture house. His contributions to his field have been likened to Picasso‘s legacy in 20th-century art.[2][3]te floral embroidery on kimonos.

Meanwhile, archaeological discoveries of the early 1920s fuelled an appetite for … and pyramids, proliferated everywhere, from clothing to cinema façades. … Motifs such as lotus flowers, tropical birds, animals, dancing girls and native figures …

‘Toucans in Blue Forest’ by Nadya Basos

The Bird Design Challenge

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

The Winner – Nadya Basos


Nadya is a freelance illustrator from Lisbon, Portugal. She studied for 5 years in an Art School when she was a teenager, and recently in 2017-2018 Nadya took an illustration course in a school of Fine Arts in Lisbon. She usually designs patterns in vector format and sometimes using watercolor or ink pen.

‘Toucans in Blue Forest’ by Nadya Basos

The fabulous design has been created by drawing the various elements and motifs on a tablet and then uploading to Adobe Illustrator to begin turning the design into a pattern. A Well-chosen colour scheme was taken from the design challenge brief, to create the finished design. Seen here we have featured it on Women’s Dresses, children’s smock tops, soft furnishings cushions, and Wallpaper.

To view or license this winning pattern

View other Bird patterns submitted for this challenge.

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‘Toucans in Blue Forest’ by Nadya Basos

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.

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