Rita Fürstenau (3/5)

Rita Fürstenau from Germany makes beautiful prints and illustrations. As Rita’s always busy with work – she also holds illustration workshops and has her own publishing company with two friends – she has created lovely workspaces for herself, one of which is in a Swedish country house. In her blog, she tells us more about her work and life.

Hello again. This week I want to tell a bit about one of my pattern designs: Foliate, a geometric repeat I created to cover a series of hand-printed sketch booklets.

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When I started working on Foliate, I aimed to draw a simple design with an even composition that works for screen printing. What I like about geometric structures is the joy of combining and variation, as well as playing around with colors.

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In this case, it’s possible to combine two layers of the pattern to create different textures. Thereby the prints can be either in the same color or in different ones.

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It’s also possible to use transparent ink in order to create a third color in the overlap. That way we were able to print many different designs with only one screen.

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When the printing of an intended edition is finished, it’s always tempting to carry on and print the pattern on whatever lies around. So most times, I just go on and print some labels, postcards and extra paper that I can use for all kinds of things.

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You can see some more of my printed designs in my lookbook:

rita-fuerstenau.de/lookbook.html

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Have a great week,

Rita

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