Color junkie. Fabric maniac. Patternista.
For the love of color, pattern and texture.
“I’m in love with repeat pattern. I think it’s all about the rhythm. Is that why I also love electronic dance music? They go so well together – pattern design and disco vibes.”
Darya Karenski is a surface pattern and textile designer. She has a deep color fascination, rooted in her classical painting training that she received in her home country of Belarus.
“My favorite part of pattern design is creating new colorways. Color sets the mood and can change the pattern completely. Pure magic.”
Darya has a long-term, profound love for textiles. Spending every summer at her grandmother’s house in southern Russia as a child, surrounded by vintage texties, sewing and embroidering, she learned to appreciate handwork and the hearty quality that it gives to things.
“I’m totally tactile, visually and smell-oriented, and
textiles are a perfect realm for all these: I enjoy the smell of moist wool
and steamed cotton, the rubbing of thread against my fingers while winding a warp for weaving, let alone the eye candy of billions of throbbing patterns from all times and corners of the world”.
Darya specializes in hand-drawn and hand-painted patterns; along with laser cut, collage work and monotype printing. She uses the traditional tracing paper method (which is reflected on the Pattern Talent logo) combined with computer-aided techniques. Darya draws her inspiration from historical textiles, nature and tidbits of everyday life. Her favorite textile designer is Josef Frank, with his whimsical hand-painted wonder worlds, as well as maestro William Morris.
One of the newest design projects for Darya is vector repeat patterns that she creates for microstock and print-on-demand websites, such as Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, Spoonflower, Vectorstock, Redbubble, Zazzle and others.
Darya Karenski studied Textile Design and Fiber Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is the winner of 2016 AATC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists) student competition for a transforming garment design (see portfolio). Darya has interned at Garnet Hill in the Women's Design department. She works as a Product Development Designer and CAD Artist at TJX Companies world corporate headquarters in Framingham, Massachusetts.
She spent 2 years designing kids' and adult quilts, comforters, sheets, pillows, sleeping bags and melamine for Home Goods, TJMaxx, Marshalls, Homesense. Winners and TKMaxx in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia.
In May 2019 she was transferred to Hard Home Product Development at TJX to use her expertise in color and repeats for the thriving business of wrapping paper and gift bags, along with napkins, mugs and paper plates.