Interview with Fanny, textile designer in Belgium
Hi Fanny, we’re so happy to have you here. Please introduce yourself so we have an idea of who you are and what you create.
Hi everyone! My name is Fanny Vanmasart and I was born in Arlon, in the south of Belgium. Exactly ten years ago, I moved to Brussels, where I studied graphic design at the École de recherche graphique. After two years, I decided to follow my heart and I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Textile Design at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre.
Which path did you take to end up as a textile designer?
Deep down I knew that I always wanted to be a textile designer. Yet, I was a little hesitant to study textile design, so I started off with graphic design. It quickly became very clear that I loved working with fabrics, so I switched studies. I missed the sensibility and creativity of working with textiles!
What does your creative process look like?
I always start off by drawing my pattern by hand. I love to use pastels but I try to push myself to use other mediums as well. When I’m done drawing, I’ll scan the pattern and edit digitally, by adding textures, changing colours (this is my favourite part!) and so on. If necessary, I’ll create a repeat print. Depending on the client and mission, I’ll go ahead with creating an inspirational board on Pinterest.
What inspired your design?
Everyday life. I’m a very curious person, which leads me to take many photos of what surrounds me.
Could you tell us more about your favourite collaboration you’ve done before?
Urban Outfitters asked me to design patterns for their home collection. For this job, I moved to Philadelphia for a year – this was the craziest experience I’ve ever had without doubt!
I learned so much during my year abroad, and wished there were more opportunities like this in Brussels. I love my city and the people in it, so it would be amazing if I could work for a big company like that here.
Do you have any advice for textile design students wanting to make a career out of it?
The most important thing you can do, as a student, is to find the best internships. Don’t be afraid to embark on a crazy journey – try to catch big fishes and get as much experience as possible!