June 7, 2010

Interview with Carli Hyland

We’d like to present to you Carli Hyland, one of our most trusted users. She has been amongst our fans from the beginning and according to legend it was for her that Wouter made the first pattern-making experiment that would later turn into the Repper software. Enjoy!

illustration by Carli Hyland

Illustration by Carli Hyland

Tell us a bit about yourself. Are you a creative professional or do you spend your spare time on your own creative projects?

I am a photographer, illustrator and bookmaker, but I also do a bit of tiddling about with some design. I guess I’m a creative professional, I spend the majority of the working week designing and building books, on the weekends I shoot and in the evenings I process my photographs and create new ways of stitching books together. I recently illustrated a children’s book for Canadian writer Frank Streicher, soon to be published!

reindeer girl by Carli Hyland

reindeer girl illustration by Carli Hyland

I am a bit of a drifter, I’ve moved about 16 times over the last four years across four countries, I’m dirt poor but I love that I’ve been able to travel to some many places!

How does Repper Pro help you in your creative projects?

Other than providing hours of uninterrupted entertainment…I use Repper mainly as a tool to create design features in my work. I’ve used it on funding and project applications, online backgrounds as well as backgrounds to some illustrations. Now that I have the ability to print hi-res I’ll be using it to create end papers for my books so that clients can potentially create their own patterns from their own photographs, giving them the possibility to further customise their albums.

Book binding by Carli Hyland #2
Book inlay

Patterns as book end paper

What online and offline services do you use to turn your creative ideas into reality?

I love kuler! I think it’s a fantastic tool when you need some colour inspiration. For inspiration ‘out of the screen’ I look towards found objects (I am an avid collector of shopping lists found on the ground) and junk that I pick up around the many op shops in Newcastle. Generally I try to find the most resourceful way to produce an idea such as a large paper sculpture I recently made from old worn out books.

Paper mobile sculpture by Carli Hyland

Paper mobile sculpture by Carli Hyland

What features would you like to see in the upcoming versions of Repper Pro?

I can’t wait to be able to make my own fabrics, my grandma was an awesome sewer for her five children and each time I go home to visit the farm I raid her cupboards which are filled to the brim with gorgeous vintage patterns!

We want to create design tools that can be used by as many people as possible. Do you think everybody has the ability to be a designer?

If you think about design as a consideration of the aesthetic and functional aspects of an object then I think it is possible for everyone to have the ability to be a designer, think of the Sunday roast! I think there are also a lot of ‘rules’ to design which makes it intimidating for people to break into. But with tools like Repper Pro I think it’s possible to create something that is visually appealing and unique and maybe that makes you a designer or maybe not but in the end you’ve created something specific to your own taste that you’ll enjoy.

Photo by Carli Hyland

Photo by Carli Hyland

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

I think Repper Pro opens up a whole new workflow for artists and makes a really wonderful bridge between art and design. Tools such as these open up so many possibilities to such a broad audience, I love that it can be used to simply play and enjoy as well as functioning as a professional tool.

Where on the web can we find you?

You can take a look at my portfolio and my blog.

We’d like to thank Carli for taking the time to share this with us. We wish her good luck with her own projects and we will certainly take her tips into consideration for improving our software.

illustration by Carli Hyland

illustration by Carli Hyland

illustration by Carli Hyland

illustration by Carli Hyland

Would you like to share your experiences in the world of (pattern) design with us? Drop us a line and we’ll do an interview with you (if you’re interesting enough ;) )

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