Studio Schmidt Designs is a line of playfully-patterned products created by Shelley Schmidt, a textile/surface pattern designer and illustrator based in Decatur, Georgia. Shelley specializes in creating cheerful, contemporary patterns and artwork designs that add a little extra joy to people's everyday lives!
Shelley has been interested in design and product development for as long as she can remember. She earned a dual bachelor of arts degree in apparel design and apparel merchandising from Dominican University in Chicago. Afterward, she continued her studies in business, earning an MBA from Saint Louis University. She then began a career in the apparel and textiles industries, working for companies in various roles such as technical design, product development, and textile design before ultimately deciding to become a full-time artist and freelance textile designer.
Creating artwork is Shelley's passion. She loves knowing that her products and designs are bringing a smile to her customers' faces! Each of her designs begins with a hand-drawn sketch, painting, or stitched texture. She then scans each of these elements into her computer, where she digitally edits and finalizes her designs. Next, Shelley has her patterns/artwork printed onto fabrics and papers, which she uses to create her colorful products. In addition to designing her own fabrics and stationery, she also sews each and every one of her textile products herself in her home studio.
Sustainability is very important to Shelley. Because of that, she consciously chooses to use only natural fiber and/or organic fabrics to create her range of sewn fabric products. All of her original fabric designs are printed in the USA using non-toxic inks and each of her stationery products and art prints are professionally printed in the USA onto sustainably-sourced and/or recycled papers.
When she's not designing or sewing, you can find Shelley hiking in parks throughout Georgia, baking, traveling to new places, spending time with her husband, and sending surprise snail mail to friends and family.