It's still freezing in Milan, and I'm about to order Nature to let Spring play free and delight us with its warmer temperatures and pretty flowers. In the meanwhile, let's warm our senses with April's gorgeous Designer Calendar freebie designed by the great Onneke.
Onneke is one of my favourite designers… I just love the simplicity and playfulness of her work! Her motifs are memorable, modern and whimsical, and are always able to make me smile :)
"My name is Onneke and I am a surface pattern designer and illustrator. I'm Dutch but have lived in the UK for the last 10 years. I make illustrations, patterns, personalised prints (like family trees, birth and wedding prints) and I also design cross stitch kits.I have always believed that it's the small things that make us happy. Like letters in airmail envelopes with stamps from far away places. Cups of jasmine tea. Old books and vintage wallpapers. The sound of an old typewriter and the smell of ink. I love simple strong images that become like symbols and I love birds, and trees, and my little home sweet home. I have two beautiful children who inspire me with their brilliant ideas and always remind me of what is really important. When I'm not in the studio you can find me on the beach, out in the fields, or at my messy table with my sketchbook or a little cross stitch project."
"I have two lovely cats who always join me in my studio. One likes to sit as close to my computer as he can get and is known as the Supervisor."
"My favourite surface pattern designer and illustrator is the amazing Ingela Arrhenius from Sweden. I'm also a big fan of the work of Lotta Jansdotter."