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, interiors and housewares, stationery, childrenswear, toy and gift markets. I am always looking for new opportunities.
My surface pattern designs are being noticed! I have recently won several design competitions and have been featured on pattern design blogs and in newsletters and magazines, including Wraptious.com, Make It In Design, Rise Design and Shine, Uppercase Magazine and MOYO Magazine. Check out my Latest News!
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 craft traditions I have seen throughout my extensive international travels (think: 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 University in Vancouver, Canada, and have recently graduated from several Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, 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.