Color ninja. Patternista. Textiles enthusiast.
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. She adores all exisitng aspects of color in life.
“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 started in her childhood. Spending every summer at her grandmother’s house in southern Russia as a kid, surrounded by vintage textiles, sewing and embroidering, she learned to appreciate handwork and craftsmanship.
“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 possesses a wide range of traditional artist and digital skills, from botanical watercolor to vector artwork, drawing, markers, ProCreate, gouache - you name it! Darya's portfolio reflects a unique combination of heirloom, nostalgia and whimsical playfulness.
Her major inspiration sources are the history of global crafts and nature (including her flower garden at her 170+ year-old Massachusetts house). Her favorite textile designer is Josef Frank, with his whimsical hand-painted wonder worlds, as well as maestro William Morris.
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. She is employed as a Product Development Designer and CAD Artist at TJX Companies world corporate headquarters in Framingham, Massachusetts. She spent 2 years in home textiles designing adult and kids' bedding for Home Goods, TJMaxx, Marshalls, Homesense, Winners and TKMaxx in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia.
Since May 2019 she has been a part of the in-house design team in Hard Home Product Development at TJX and uses her expertise in color and repeating patterns for the thriving business of wrapping paper and gift bags, along with other paper and plastic products.