Designer Spotlight: Marketa Stengl

Designer Spotlight: Marketa Stengl

Marketa is an illustrator and surface pattern designer with a love for watercolor, obsession with Japanese art and crafts, enchantment for the universe and admiration for the power of nature. After graduating in Fiber Arts from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague she started her career working in graphic design. She now lives in Zurich with her husband and two children where she found her creative calling as an illustrator. She creates dreamy, romantic illustrations and surface patterns with a touch of magic.

Shop her new collection with Fabric Merchants here.


When did you realize you had a passion for art and design?

It was as early as I can remember. I was encouraged to draw and paint with watercolors by my parents from an incredibly early age. My mother showed and taught me various textile crafting techniques like embroidery, bobbin lace and sewing of course and my father, on the other hand, could draw anything I asked for without looking at a reference. It felt natural to me to choose a creative path. But it was after my children were born that I sensed a new level of a very deep passion for creating art.

Describe your aesthetic in 3 words.

Dreamy, calm, magical

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What was the inspiration behind your latest fabric release?

Fabric Merchants approached me and handpicked a variety of my designs from the past five years. I am truly grateful for that. Some of the inspiration came from my favorite sources like Japanese crafts, sashiko embroidery and night sky.

If you had to choose one favorite fabric from your entire line, what would it be and why?

The moth galaxy fabric: I poured an extra portion of my heart into it.

moth galaxy fabric

What are your current favorite trends in sewing?

I like the idea of reusing and repairing old pieces. You can do this by combining new and old, which leads to beautiful unexpected results. And I am totally in love with sashiko visible mending and repairing a hole in jeans with a patterned fabric.

What do you love most about creating a DIY project with your fabric?

I am always honored to see someone choosing my fabric for working on their very own DIY project. It is satisfying to see crafters putting their creative idea and handwork, time and energy to something using my design.

What projects are on your “must make” list right now, especially with this collection?

I want to make a dress out of the moth galaxy fabric and to use a piece of birds and berries fabric as a furoshiki (reusable cloth wrapping for gifts).

furoshiki mockup

What other blogs/brands/designers inspire you most?

I adore the Japanese printmaker Ray Morimura. I cannot look long enough at Ferdinand Holder’s landscapes either.

What’s inspiring your next projects or fabric release?

I will create new art taking inspiration from the magic of nature.

What do you love to do when you aren’t designing and creating?

I enjoy spending my time with my family. I also like hiking through the forest and observing the life cycle of plants

Tell us one thing people might not know about you.

I love math puzzles.

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