Hi! My name is Maggie, and I am the Artist responsible for creating all of the unique prints and patterns on our fabrics here at Matilda Jane Clothing. I work remotely from Brooklyn, New York and travel to Fort Wayne about once a month. I feel so humble and grateful to be part of the Matilda Jane Family!
Growing up, creativity was always encouraged in our household and this inspired and led me to pursue my love of illustration and fashion. Born in Krakow, Poland, my family and I emigrated to the United States when I was a child so that my father could live his life dream to tune pianos for Steinway & Sons Piano Company in New York. This dream was fulfilled despite his physical disability, but was cut short a few years later. Since the day we lost him, he’s become my hero and a huge inspiration to always follow my passions and my soul’s calling.
The world around me is truly my inspiration from the people and places of my day to day life, to exploring the world through hiking, road trips and more. The Polish culture is enriched with patterns and prints and this too has influenced my artistic side. As a child, I was always surrounded by the most beautiful traditional handmade costumes and paper cut out folkloristic art. I think what excites me about creating pretty patterns is how many possibilities a sketch has. How it can be put together in one way for a certain effect or slightly tweaked to get a completely different look. Also the color combinations are endless. Certain colors together may have a completely different emotional impact than others. And of course seeing the final pattern on a fabric is very exciting.These inspirations are not only influential in my work but also in my own surrealistic paintings which can be seen at maggieszott.com.
So how do these inspirations turn into fabric? Well, the process begins with a theme and collaboration with the entire design team. It is then my turn to sketch and doodle these thoughts and ideas out. The effect that we are going for is very important as I either paint them by hand and scan them or sketch directly on the computer. The next step is pulling from the season’s color palette which is later put together into a pattern. This ultimately ends up on the fabric and as you can see above. These beautiful little birds and friends are going up, down and all around with the final print. Of course there are tweaks along the way but in the end, seeing these prints come to life is the best part!
Working with Matilda Jane has been the first time I have felt completely fulfilled as an artist, as it allows me to express myself creatively through the beautiful products we make…finally understanding what my father meant in following your passions. The more I work with the team here, the more I fall in love with all the passionate people, the positivity and the company’s mission. Each and every one of us are recognized for our talents and our uniqueness…how could you not be obsessed with a job (well, more of an extension of me) like that! It’s simply a joy to get up every morning and know that my day will be filled with creativity. Whatever I create, my hope is that I can bring that same feeling of extreme happiness to the little girls when they look at my prints and twirl in their cute outfits!
Maggie, MJC’s Cad Artist