Emily Franklin is our beloved associate textile designer at JLD-Studios. We caught up with her to chat about her background, design process and favorite aspect about textile design.

How did you become a textile designer?

During my senior year of my Studio Arts degree, I stumbled upon textile design when my created a thesis of an intricate drawing which looked like wallpaper. I fell in love with textile design because I like the nitty-gritty details of the design.  I decided to take a chance and attended FIDM to earn my Textile Design degree and freelanced for a bit before I landed an internship at JLD Studios 5 years ago and have stayed ever since.


What is your creative/design process?

My creative process always begins with research. Depending on the client, I would research trends, style direction, and popular motifs. After that, I create sketches by hand using colored pencils, markers, watercolors, or gouache. Then I scan my artwork and begin the digital process.

What has been your most favorite pattern that you’ve designed?

My most favorite patterns to design are the ones that have a lot of detail and a little over the top. I love drawing those small intricate motifs. But I also like really funny designs like fast food prints.



What is the craziest thing you’ve ever created?

The craziest thing is definitely a take on Where’s Waldo and spring break fun.

What’s on your life’s bucket list?

I really want to visit Japan someday. Also basically travel around the world!


What do you love about working at JLD-Studios?

I love that there is always a different challenge everyday. Things keep changing constantly and it always makes us think of new creative problem-solving methods. It’s what keeps things interesting and fun.


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