Recently I’ve been inspired by other surface designers and their businesses. I came across Carolyn Gavin’s patterns and her family business in the last issue of Uppercase Magazine (you can read more about the issue here if you like)
Carolyn designs patterns for her brand of eco-friendly stationery and paper goods, Ecojot.
The brand has an obvious deep philanthropy. Ecojot use 100% recycled materials and their products support the GIVE programme for children in need. Values like this aren’t celebrated enough with the independent design community, take a look at their dedicated philanthropic effort.
Carolyn’s designs give these feel good products a quirky, unique edge and I wanted to know more about how she works.
Where and what did you study at university?
I studied 3 years of graphic design at Witwatersrand Technikon which is in Johannesburg (Gauteng) South Africa
What inspires you?
I love animals and nature and this inspires a lot of my work – birds, butterflies, flowers etc. I also get excited by color and cool combinations that make the work sing!
What’s your surface design recipe for success?
Work long and hard and practice to hone your technique and in the process develop your own style. Think about what you’re doing, and little nuances will make it special and stand out. Try to be original and true to yourself.
What’s next for Ecojot?
We’re designing a super cool app that works with our stationery product. I think designers, students, artists and architects with love it.
We come out with new designs fairly regularly so we’ll be introducing some of those at our next show, which is The National Stationery Show in New York in May.
Where can I buy your art or products?
Barnes and Noble in the US, Indigo in Canada, Paperchase in the UK, Sweden, Finland, France etc. Check out our website for more retailers and online – http://www.ecojot.com
Do you have a blog, can I read more about you?