Her design vocabulary is diverse, as is her technical approach. At the same time, however, Julia Schumacher manages to whittle down her initial designs to produce one harmonious work. Photography, painting, watercolours, drawing, lino printing, crayon – the designer likes to start the design process by experimenting freely, taking several months to find a tone for her work that will make the overall piece resonate.
This year at Heimtextil she is primarily showcasing two major lines: graphic and floral designs. When it comes to colour, Julia Schumacher starts working with the Heimtextil Trend Book each September. ‘This is an important source of inspiration and it is the concentrated product of professional, international research,’ says the designer. Her customers come from all over the world and Julia herself has just returned from a trip across South America. She spent a year travelling around the continent with her family and has brought back a wealth of creative inspiration to her home in Tübingen.
‘After coming back in September, I was particularly fascinated by autumn in Germany, with its strong colours,’ she says. This comes through very impressively in her floral designs. ‘I am only just processing the experiences from our trip. I can imagine that they will flow into my designs over the course of the year.’ Julia Schumacher has been working as a freelance textile designer since 2006. Her customers value her professional support and the structure of her work, which she sees through to the implementation stage on request. The designer lives with her family in Tübingen.
Julia Schumacher is showcasing her designs at stand D28 in hall 4.2.