Maike has a beautiful style and I have admired her work for some time, her work is delicate, intricate and she puts an incredible amount of detailed pattern into her work at times. I love that she can design in a mixture of styles, some as I described above and at other times she uses bolder motifs.
Maike has been a fashion designer for over 20 years and has always had a huge passion for prints and patterns, she finds inspiration from books, art, nature and 'field trips' to stores. Both sets of grandparents were also huge inspirations, her grandfather was also a fashion designer and her grandmother a textile designer, so it certainly runs in the family.
I asked her how she got into surface pattern design - 'I wanted to expand my creativity and decided it is time to explore the Surface Pattern World after so many years working in fashion. The e-course "The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design" was eye opening and I have not stopped creating patterns ever since. What I love about SPD is that even if I am working according to a brief, I feel creative. Colours are key and can change a design tremendously. There are so many possibilities working with different shapes and creating new shapes which I find fascinating.'
You can find her on Facebook here, twitter here and her online shop here.