Surface Designer Spotlight: Andrea Řečinská

Being new to this industry doesn’t mean your previous experience is useless – on the contrary, it can often inform your artwork and make it better.

I see that clearly in Andrea Řečinská’s art and I’m pleased to share that she’s this month’s spotlight designer. Her background in working with architectural studios shows up in her detailed and well-balanced patterns. I know you’ll enjoy her story and her art.

Please Introduce Yourself

Hi! I live in Europe, Czech Republic, in a small city which is close to Prague. Until now I was a college art student and I have been part-time working in architectural and design studios for 5 years and have been working towards doing surface design for the last year.

Tell us a little bit about your design journey.

In my art/design projects I was working with patterns in all possible forms. From 3D printing architectural models or designing facades to graphic design. When I stumbled upon the Skillshare class form Elizabeth Olwen, a new world seemed to open up to me — it looked like there were designers who manage to make a living from creating patterns! I found more amazing pattern designers like Shannon McNab, Jessica Nielsen, The Tiny Garden, and I was officially hooked! I wanted to be a part of that!

What advice about the surface design industry has been most helpful to you in your career so far?

A collection does not have to be of more than 8 designs. You don’t have to have a 100 page portfolio to start pitching your artwork and there is a place for each of us!

When you look back at your design journey so far, what are you most proud of?

I’m proud of the progress I made in the last year. I managed to set up a website (which was a huge challenge for me) and to overcome myself and send an email to a company with wallpapers from which I received a positive email that exceeded my expectations! I’m also proud of the progress, especially when I compare my first patterns and my latest. But I’m most proud to be highlighted on the Print and Pattern blog!

What advice would you give to surface designers who are struggling?

Do one thing every day, be consistent, and never stop sending work out.

Make one goal and stick to it!
In the end it will be fulfilled!
Where can we find you?

Instagram: @doot.withdots

P.S. If you’d like to be featured on the SDR blog, you can always submit your story right here!

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