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 About

BEAR BELL PRODUCTIONS

 
 
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I’m Bärbel Dressler,

FOUNDER & DESIGNER OF
BEAR BELL PRODUCTIONS

 
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With 15 years of marketing in my backpack I take my design service to the next level; helping you create appealing products and add texture to your brand - with patterns and illustrations. 

You can think of me as an extension to your marketing and product department, your one-woman design agency.

 
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I design and teach from a classical perspective, finding inspiration and learning from the complex techniques and styles from historical periods.

Personal favorites are Toile de Jouy, Indian Florals, Paisley, Damask, Kelim and Arts & Crafts.

My work is often described as sophisticated, evocative and detailed and have been used for many different products and purposes - from home textiles, home decor, fashion, shoes, to branding and promotional assets.

VIEW SOME OF THE PATTERNS I’VE CREATED FOR MY CLIENTS >>

 
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COMMUNITY OVER COMPETITION!

I truly believe that we are stronger and have more fun when we take on our challenges and struggles together. That’s why I’ve devoted a large part of my business to sharing my knowledge, skills and experiences with my fellow designers and artists. 

That’s why I produce and teach online courses on Skillshare; about pattern design, illustration and coloring with markers.

Besides Skillshare I share more of my experiences and knowledge here in the creatives section, the blog and in my newsletter.

In 2018 I founded the Swedish Pattern Society, a community of now 180 Swedish pattern designers and illustrators.

 
 

Background & Career

Before I started Bear Bell Productions and became a designer and teacher I worked over 15 years in the corporate world with marketing, for large global brands in the mobile phones, cars- and home electronics industries. I’ve managed small and large projects, launches and campaigns.

I call it “The big detour”. But my marketing skills have been absolutely integral for my business - how I serve my clients and run my business. A pattern is not just for creating product appeal, but also something that will build the brand.

Teaching is not new to me, as I dabbled as a substitute teacher back in the days, teaching Swedish, English, German (!) and Art.



Education

So it took about 15 years for me to realize that I wanted to be on the creative side of business. The upside of that is a broad spectra of education and skills, starting with a year in art school and a row of art classes, including a semester at UCLA.

Back home I went to university, studying Web production, E-commerce, Organization, Media & Communication Science, Business Finance & Marketing.

As a designer I’m more or less self-taught, but it all started with a weekend course in pattern design by Lotta Kühlhorn. After that I’ve devoured a long line of online courses - on Skillshare, The Immersion for Bonnie Christine and Make It In Design.


 
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 On a personal note…

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How I became a pattern designer