Our story begins in Singapore. A collective of like-minded souls with a passion for creativity and big ideas came together in 2010 to create something truly authentic. Fine artists, interior designers, fashion designers, textile creatives and craft enthusiasts shared ideas about 2D and 3D fabric manipulation. With the support of LASALLE College of the Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, we worked in collaboration on projects and exhibitions exploring surface design. We pushed the boundaries of creativity, pattern and print. We made art.
Nowadays, SURFACE 1°22 is a multi-faceted enterprise: we create bold and geometric surface pattern designs that are available for purchase or for licensing, exhibit and showcase collective works, and run workshops and short courses. We design and sell original artwork to create beautiful digitally printed textiles and patterned surfaces for the home and fashion industries. Collaborating with fashion brands around the globe, SURFACE 1°22’s print designs have featured in global swim, resort and active-wear collections.
And while SURFACE 1°22 now calls another island home, we have never forgotten our roots – after all, we are named after Singapore’s geographic coordinates.
Emily Wills is the founder and creative director of SURFACE 1°22. In her various manifestations, she has worked as a fashion designer, illustrator, curator, arts educator and printed textile designer. With over ten years’ experience in design education, she is a leader in the Australian and Asian surface design community.
In addition to running SURFACE 1°22, Emily lectures at RMIT as part of their Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) programme. She inspires by doing and sharing through workshops, exhibitions and events. Her goal is to foster a love of surface design in people of all abilities and backgrounds through project based learning.
Currently based in Melbourne, Australia we run an intro to Textile Design workshop, hosted by WORK-SHOP in Fitzroy. We provide a series of specialised workshops and short courses through our SURFACE 1°22 Design School.
Have you met our amazing surface pattern design collaborators Adilah Amri and Serene Lin? Emily met these two fabulous individuals seven years ago in Singapore, and the love affair is going strong. Both designers in their own right, Adilah and Serene design contemporary prints as part of our #surface122collab project and featured at Surtex New York in 2016.