​​​Monkey Fruit Designs
Surface Design
​​​​Hi, I'm Stephanie!
And here's a peek into my designer mind....

Interesting and unique motifs, textures, and color combinations derived from nature, architecture and abstraction inspire me. I find New York City's  art museums invaluable for creative nourishment, and  my home town of New York's sights, sounds and energy ignites in me a wealth of design ideas.

I have a great ability to design diversely, ranging in artistic styles (edgy graphics to sublime florals) and toward varied end-products. That said, I still keep within my natural aesthetic, inclined toward a hands-on more than vector look. I almost always start with pencil, pen or paint on paper or canvas, scan or photograph my art into Photoshop, where I then enjoy brainstorming and developing my initial concepts into marketable masterpieces!

While I watch current trends and have designed straight from industry forecasts, I tend rather to draw on trends to keep my patterns fresh and up-to-date. I know when to steer away from certain trends, and when to just design from my own imaginitive passion. 

With a keen understanding of what a collection is, I invite clients to ask for collection development if so desired.

I enjoy working to design briefs. Mood/idea boards are a forté and guilty delight of mine!

Helping clients to achieve their end-vision is my pleasure and aim.

  • I'm a freelance surface/textile designer, and featured as a Pattern Bank designer.

  • I also offer as a service, putting your designs into repeats, and/or color separating them.
  • My design work has been featured in UPPERCASE magazine's All About You section.

  • Professional History: In-house designer for Bulgari jewelers at their New York location. Freelance jewelry design for numerous fine jewelers, including, Tifanny & Co.Black Starr & FrostKai-Yin Lo, and Van Cleef & Arpels.

  • Education: Major in textile/surface design at Fashion Institute of Technologyand previously in jewelry design also at F. I. T. ​Studied fine art at School of Visual Arts.  I've completed the Activewear Design course within Pattern Observer.com. and their Photoshop 1 for Designers course, and PS 2 for Designers (their advanced Photoshop course).

  • Silk scarf painting, fashion design, writing short stories, and looking into the eyes of animals makes me happy!