Fashion illustrator Bernadette Pascua on her creative process

Brooklyn-based artist Bernadette Pascua has us going gaga over her portfolio. Her handwriting is complete perfection. Her sketches are soft and oh so gorgeous. Her textile designs are fun and stylish. She’s so creative – it’s unreal. And we’re not the only ones to hold this opinion. Her clients range from GOOP to Isabel Marant to Victoria Secret. Blah, blah, blah, the list goes on. She even designed the print on the Lizzie Fortunato Kiss Pouch (available on Garmentory here)!

As you can tell, we have a little crush on her. We just can’t believe how talented she is (and she’s super cute too). So we asked and she answered.


Just keeping my eyes open and trusting my instincts. I’m a synesthete with a photographic memory, so my perception of the world is very visual. On a daily basis, I will see something that strikes me so I try to explore why that imagery was of importance to me and try to connect it to other permanent visuals in my mind that I’ve held on to. Like a puzzle.

When I do a project, whether it is for myself or for a client, I can close my eyes and see a faint finished image in my mind, so I work towards making the image happen. I never try to force it, I just like to work on things as they come to me and keep it simple.

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