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Katherine Gerdes | Design Journal and Portfolio

My Summer "Top 10" Day 7

Top Summer Moment #7: Freelance

One of the things I miss most about working for Target is getting to work on the textile/print design, so I was super excited this summer when Kohl’s contacted me about doing some freelance textile design. It’s a lot of fun working on women’s prints (I always worked on men’s for Target) and it keeps my photoshop/illustrator skills from getting rusty. Typically they either send me bought artwork that needs to be put into repeat for printing, or they send me some inspiration and are looking for an original designed print (those are the most fun). Here’s an example of some stuff I’ve done for them (scaled down a whole lot!):

Batik print

Bold Floral

(Prints are copyrighted to and property of Kohl’s Department Store)


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Those are great!

The complexity is amazing, the colors do make it look a bit old fashioned though.

Thanks! Totally agree about the colors… what I forgot to say above is that for this freelance job, I don’t do any work with the colors. I just make the print and send it over to their designers who then work the colors into their current palette.

Those are super cool! I really like the first one a lot. Think I might have to use it as my new desktop. Keep up the good work.

Very cool, I love the first one. I can’t imagine how tough it must be to make a repeating pattern in Illustrator or Photoshop, I work with them all the time (graphic design), but making the pattern tile properly must be hard!

  • #4 Kendra
    25 October, 07:34

It can be a bit overwhelming to put something into repeat, but I have always loved problem solving and puzzles, so I try and view it as one big puzzle! I think the trick is to figure out the edges (where it repeats) and then just fill in the center.

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