We had the pleasure to interview the inspiring designer Monica Mota who is also the winner of our very first weekly contest ‘Sunny Days’. She won 3 meters of fabric with her design - choosing our Fire-Retardant Upholstery Twill which she already sampled and loved! We were very impressed by her creativity and designs, so we wanted to know more about her.
Monica is from Porto Portugal and plans on opening her own studio, as she is still very new to the design world. Her skills with creating patterns are extremely impressive especially as she is self-taught.
Monica, when did you first start being interested in design?
‘I have always loved to draw and paint, last summer I signed up for Make it in Design Summer school and I discovered the world of patterns. I fell in love. Since that moment, I have done all the surface pattern design classes that I have come across.’
What are you working on at the moment?
‘I am learning more, participating at the Art and Business Surface Design Course. I have gladly finished Module 1 and 2, and I am very excited to start Module 3 in a couple of weeks.’
What tips would you give new designers starting out?
‘You have to be yourself, find your style, work hard and always be persistent. I would definitely recommend to do The Art and Business Surface Design course also the ultimate portfolio builder course from Make it in Design.’
Monica’s style in simply four words is sweet, hand drawn, colorful and very spontaneous. Her major influences lie within nature, buildings, streets and other inspiring places that she visits. She hopes to accomplish and create her own brand in the future. Monica also hopes to create her first range and to begin licensing. Fashion Formula finds her very inspiring and we hope to meet many more designers just like her.
You can buy her designs from her Fashion Formula shop here