Patternpeople : Textile Designer | Mathilde Bregeon

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Mathilde Bregeon’s work has a nice bright feeling to it possibly owing to the beautiful balance of color. As part of our ongoing series on textile designers we love, we’ve asked her our 7 magic questions and here’s what she said.

Where do you live?

I left Paris for Zürich a year and a half ago. I like it very much here but I need to go back to Paris as often as I can. When I am there I love wandering in the streets, spending hours in art libraries, seeing exhibitions, discovering new restaurants and meeting my friends at night.

What is your favorite thing about your city or town?
About Zürich, it’s definitly the Limmat river. When it’s nice out, I love going swimming with the swans while listening to some good music and eating a grilled sausage with a cold beer. That’s very swiss.
In Paris, I love the diversity in everything. All the cultural influences in art, fashion, design, cooking… There is always something new to discover.

If you were not a designer, what would you love to be more than anything?
I would love to be a great chef.

Can you describe your style in fashion or home?
In both fashion and home, I definitly have strong classic basis which I love to mix with contemporary influences. I find my inspiration in traditional arts and crafts from around the world, ancient or contemporary artists works, travels, objects found in flea markets…
In general, I have a pretty simple style, quite clear but certainly not minimalist. I love colors and natural materials like silk, wool, linen, cotton…

Who are your favorite artists/designers?
In fashion I like what Phoebe Philo does for Celine, I have always liked Dries Van Noten’s work, and at the moment I particularly like Jonathan Saunders, Erdem, Stella McCartney and the young brand Suno.

In general, it’s very hard for me to say that I have one favorite artist or designer. I have lots of them and they always change. Recently I went to see Odilon Redon at the Grand Palais in Paris and his work with colors was a great shock for me. I was also completely amazed by the sculptural work of Madame Grès at the Musée Bourdelle. But I have to say, I am originally from Bretagne (west coast) and I am very attached to native Breton artists from the 19th century like Mathurin Méheut or Eugène Boudin.

I have a blog where I post works of artists I love : iheartiheartiheart.blogspot.com

What has been your most exciting or favorite project to date?
A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to work for Judy Ross in New York City. I loved creating patterns for her pillows and carpets collections, meeting architects and interior decorators and, of course, working in Union Square, right in the middle of Manhattan!

I’ve also been very lucky to work at Kenzo and Hermès in Paris. I loved my experience at Kenzo because I learned a lot and because my artistic sensibility was totally in accordance with what I had to do there. It was also a thrilling experience for me to work at Hermès, at the artistic direction of the jewelry department. I was drawing with just a pencil on sheets of paper, pieces of jewelry for the goldsmiths workshops and I had the chance to work on developing the prototypes with them.
Now, I am very excited about creating my own accessories collections and continuing developing prints for other companies. I recently discovered how to work with ceramics and I am now making jewelry prototypes with it. I think this is my most exciting project at the moment !

What else do you want to tell us?
I am a textile designer. I develop prints for my clients in the fashion industry. I also do interior design projects and I have just launched a collection of accessories called DIASTOLE. Soon, scarves will also be available!

Oh, and look for Mathilde’s work in our upcoming e-book, set to launch Sept. 6th!

Courtesy of Patternpeople.

Pattern People is a surface print studio based in Portland, Oregon. Here, Jessie and Claudia, along with some amazing contributing artists, create artwork for apparel and interior companies.
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