Caroline, who works under the name Bikini sous la pluie, is a textile designer who has created beautiful patterns and motifs for various well-known brands including H&M and Mothercare! We loved her colourful patterns so much that we asked her to help us come up with some new baby announcements, created exclusively for Rosemood customers. Before we unveil any of her designs, we decided to pose her a few questions about where she finds her inspiration and how she came up with her pseudonym, that literally translates as Bikini in the rain.
Caroline, tell us a bit more about you.
I am a textile designer. I live and work in Nantes, just like the Rosemood team. However, for now, I have taken the opportunity to experience a few months of life in New York. I studied graphic and textile design and then worked as an intern for fashion houses Erotokritos and Le Mont Saint Michel. I also worked in the world of children’s fashion, before I decided to go solo, and have now been working freelance for 10 years.
Why did you choose the pseudonym Bikini sous la pluie?
When I first started out, I worked under the name “My Textile Design”. However, once I started working in fields of design other than textiles, my pseudonym became quite restrictive. At that time I had started working with the American market, so I wanted to give my name a French touch. The idea was to find a cheerful name that was a bit of fun. After some brainstorming, I settled on Bikini sous la pluie. After working mainly in the fashion industry, I thought it was nice to make a little joke about the seasonal trends.
Your designs feature lovely motifs that are always colourful and very visual. How would you describe your style?
I would agree that my style is definitely visual and colourful. I like my motifs to tell a story so they are often figurative and descriptive. I sometimes like to give my work a bit of a vintage feel too, with certain designs being rather poetic and others a bit playful.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I think that all artists give the same answer to this question, which is that inspiration can be found everywhere, and I completely agree! My job pushes me to be aware of my surroundings at all times. I am always very observant so even the tiniest detail of everyday life can get my creative juices flowing, ready to start a new design. Otherwise, I find my inspiration in books, clothes from charity shops, on one of my trips or even at exhibitions.
Tell us, how did your story with Rosemood begin?
I am always looking to branch out into new domains, so Rosemood was one of the lovely brands that I wanted to contact to show them my work. A friend of mine finally put us both in touch. I met the creative design team and we clicked immediately. We started working together on Mothers and Fathers day cards. They will be coming out soon! I can’t wait to see the final result!
Tell us a bit more about the lovely baby announcements that you have created for us, and that should be hitting our catalogues soon.
I have created two baby announcements exclusively for Rosemood. The creative design team looked through my collection of motifs and we made a shortlist of the ones that we thought would work. I then tweaked my motifs to make sure that they matched Rosemood’s style.
Which is your favourite Rosemood design?
Working with Rosemood is just one of your numerous ventures. Can you tell us what you are up to with your current and future projects?
Currently, I am working on a project to renew a range of early learning games. It's up to me to define a colour scheme, the visuals and the materials, all whilst revisiting the overall design of the products. We are redoing everything from A to Z. It’s exciting to take part in such a large project whilst being involved in every step. Otherwise, I am taking part in different trade shows in New York over the next few weeks, one of which I helped organise with other artists. I, therefore, have my head down in all the preparations at the moment.
What is the project that you would most love to work on?
There are plenty! It’s always a pleasure to receive an offer to work on a new project, especially when it means working in a different field of design! I still haven’t worked a lot in the world of déco, so I would love to see my motifs on some wallpaper!
One last question. We know that you are in New York right now and we love to travel. Do you have any recommendations of good places to go or visit?
There is currently a great exhibition about David Bowie at the Brooklyn Museum, and I would also recommend a visit to the Invisible Dog art gallery, which is in the cool Cobble Hill district. Otherwise, I am a true foodie so I mainly have recommendations for good places to eat in Brooklyn!
- INDUSTRY CITY: a refurbished warehouse with a flea market at the weekend and a food hall a bit like Chelsea Market.
- ALL IS WELL: a pub that serves great burgers, and even has lovely wallpaper!
- STONEFRUIT: a cafe/florists where you can come and work on your laptop.
- RED HOOK LOBSTER POUND: their lobster macaroni and cheese is to die for. The whole Red Hook district is worth a visit!
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Caroline. We will definitely look up some of these addresses next time we visit New York. It was a pleasure getting to know you a bit better and we can’t wait to see your designs. Keep an eye on our Instagram page in June to find out how you can get your hands on our exclusive Fathers day cards designed by Bikini sous la pluie!
To follow Caroline on Instagram: @bikinisouslapluie
Photographs: Pauline Ruhl Saur