Bear Bell Productions

Behind Bear Bell Productions is me - Bärbel Dressler - a Stockholm based pattern designer, illustration artist and online teacher with a passion for history, sewing and writing and I’m really thrilled you're here!

Bear Bell Productions is the creative business where I create patterns and illustrations for all kinds of products, surfaces and materials. For example, you can see some of my patterns on printed leather used for making clogs and sandals.

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I also produce online courses about pattern design and illustrating on Skillshare - a global platform for online education.

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Bear Bell is also the brand for a selection of patterned and illustrated products I produce and sell in my webshop. All products are of course available for retailers and other businesses who would like to market them.

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Contact

Bärbel Dressler
Founder, pattern designer and illustration artist

+46 727 38 55 55
barbel@bearbell.se

Foto: Håkan Gustavsson

Foto: Håkan Gustavsson


My story and background

I used to work with marketing at an office that was extremely boring and dull. One day I calculated how many days I had been sitting on that same square meter of grey plastic carpet, on the same worn chair, looking out the window to a view of subway rails, fences and broken subway cars and realized I didn't want to loose any more days of my life on something that boring, ugly and uninspiring. I decided that I wanted to change my view, my setting and life into something creative, beautiful and inspiring. So I quit my job and founded Bear Bell Productions with the aim to live a creative life as a designer and illustration artist, with the mission to create something that also could make every day life and spaces of others to something more inspiring, beautiful and interesting.  My designs are created with all kinds of industries, products and materials in mind - home textiles, fabric, fashion textiles, leather, shoes, bags, stationery, wallpaper and everything else that needs a pattern. I also make illustrations for books, magazines, art prints, greeting- or invitation cards.

My artistic background is a year at Falkenberg School of Art and several art classes, for example a drawing class at UCLA. When it comes to design it all started with a pattern design class for Swedish designer Lotta Kühlhorn and from that I am self taught, with a passion for everything that involves patterns. I have been drawing as long as I can remember making comic strips, greeting cards, paintings for friends and families as well as illustrations for the school newspaper.

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One thing I didn’t expect when setting out on this journey was the strong and amazing community of other pattern designers - both aspiring and already established. And a big part of my business is about sharing my skills, tips and experiences as a creativepreneur with them. I strongly believe in helping each other is the best way to success.

I want my work to be a trigger for your creativity too - an inspiration to start illustrating, create patterns, find new cool and different products for your shop, ideas for collaborations, bespoke patterns for your products or personal and authentic details for you and your home.

/Bärbel Dressler

 
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