Sometimes, it takes the simplest of things to remind you that life, in all its complexity, is worth living. In the case of print and pattern designer Elizabeth Olwen, all it takes is a pretty pattern. “I think it’s so important to have reminders of all the beauty in the world,” she remarked once in an interview with the Spoonflower blog. “I really do get satisfaction from beautiful design and I think it has the power to lift people up, like a bright floral umbrella on a rainy day.”
Her illustrated patterns hold the perfect balance between sophistication and playfulness, adding a colorful twist to interior design. Born in Canada and based in Portugal, her work is greatly inspired by the world around her—from the beautiful forests of Ontario, to the pastel colors and tiles of Lisbon, to her cherished and plentiful travels abroad, and her own journey of self-exploration toward wholeheartedness.
Her highly considered patterns and illustrations are assembled, piece by piece, creating an altogether unique compilation of colors and shapes, with nature being a constant theme throughout her work. “I love flowers and leaves and trees and it never ceases to amaze me how each one is so unique,” says Olwen. “I find that idea so inspiring.”
Her patterns are printed on products from decor to paper to fabric to bedding. All with the aim to keep creativity alive in our daily lives and find joy in visual beauty.