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 other portfolio-building 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.
For all my latest news, check out In the Media and my Blog!