Me with my "Year of the Dragon" Terracotta Warrior painted for a charity auction.
Photo by Karen Redfern.
All About UnBlink Studio!
UnBlink Studio was founded in 2015 by me, Jackie Tahara, in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where I happily create on-trend surface pattern designs and illustrations destined for the textiles, apparel, interiors and housewares, stationery, childrens, toy and gift markets. I am always looking for new opportunities.
My work reflects my love of retro design inspired by the 50's, 60's and 70's; Scandinavian design; the intricate patterns of William Morris and Josef Frank; and the landscapes, textiles and craft traditions I have seen throughout my extensive international travels (think: aloha shirts, jewel-toned silk saris, Indonesian batiks and weavings, Japanese kimonos, Middle Eastern tile-work, indigo dyeing and Mexican folk art, to name but a few!) My eyes are always open!
In addition to several academic degrees, I have a Diploma in Textile Design from Capilano College (now Capilano University) in Vancouver, Canada; I have graduated from all course modules of the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, and I have completed numerous Make Art That Sells and Folio Focus courses. I am constantly working on my portfolio of designs, using both hand-drawn and digital techniques. I intend to never stop learning and exploring.
I am also a fine artist creating paintings and collages, having completed many commissions; I have collaborated on large group art projects; and I have worked with schools teaching art to children of all ages. But I now devote all my creative energy to making distinctive and wonderful surface pattern designs and illustrations for commercial markets.
In the Media
My surface pattern designs are being noticed! I have recently won several design competitions and have been featured on international pattern design blogs and in newsletters and magazines. See below for a selected list and also check out my Blog for all my latest news!
CORGI 2017 SOCK DESIGN COMPETITION: My design won an Honourable Mention. Check out the announcement of the winners on the Corgi Sock Blog!
PRINT & PATTERN BLOG: Designer Feature (January 24 2018).
EMILY KIDDY’S [K.I.D.S] Kidswear Trend Publication for Spring/Summer 2019.
UPPERCASE MAGAZINE All About You Newsletter features: Urns and Vases! Pattern Collection (January 14 2018); Coastal Critters Plate Set (July 2017); World Traveler Collection (June 2017); Cute Creatures (November 2016).
MOYO MAGAZINE Issue 10 (published on April 2 2017): Competition Winners feature on pages 108-9 (I’m featured twice!).
WRAPTIOUS.COM BLOG: Cushion Design Competition Winner Interview (March 9 2017).
FASHION FORMULA BLOG: Children’s Playtime 1st Place Contest Winner (June 21 2017); Urban Textures 1st Place Contest Winner (January 23 2017); Halloween Trick or Treat 3rd Place Contest Winner (November 6 2016).
MAKE IT IN DESIGN BLOG: Top Ten Picks (January 5 2017); Pattern Design Showcase-Module 3 (April 10 2017); Pattern Design Showcase-Module 2 (February 15 2017); Pattern Design Showcase-Module 1 (September 13 2016).
THEYDRAWANDCOOK.COM: Illustrated Recipes
RISE DESIGN & SHINE Designer Directory