“Whatever you feel passionate about just go for it. You are the person that shapes your own life”
There’s something about good design that we all love, it’s hard to put your finger on it, you simply know it once you see it. Most of us aren’t involved in the process of creation, but for some the devil is in the details and they have carved a career out of the creation of beautiful items.
GirlCrew Manchester member Maya Elbourki is a Print Designer, with a portfolio covering wallpapers, silks, print and illustration, and fashion. Her prints are bold and striking, designed for those who want to stand out in a crowd. “I have always been obsessed with pattern and colour! As a child anything from a kaleidoscope to painting faces would keep me occupied.”
This merging of colour and patterns can be seen throughout her work, and it’s easy to see this fascination with the kaleidoscopic has still remained. For Maya, “…being a Print Designer is my ideal job and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working for myself, it’s the most motivating thing I have ever done! I’ve studied Art & Design for over seven years with a brief break in Merchandising where I worked for Liberty of London.” This luxury brand has a strong reputation throughout the UK, and abroad, and while Maya was very happy during her time there she soon realised that the job wasn’t the right fit.
“As soon as I visited their design studio I realised I was in the wrong role. The studio was fascinating and pulled me straight back into the design world with more passion than I’d ever had before.” This reignited Maya’s imagination and she has since decided to brand out on her own creating her own company, Maya Elb Design; although she is still very enthusiastic about her beginnings at Liberty and credits them with being a source of inspiration “Liberty are a huge inspiration for me and I’d love to work with them again – as a designer this time!”
Despite being in business for less than a year, Maya is building a thriving company with a unique aesthetic, so if you’re looking for the perfect gift or just want to treat yourself check out her website and add a dash of colour into your life.
1. What is the best thing about your role?
Working for myself. I can do what I want when I want!
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
I spend a lot of time by myself. Although it can be great it can be a bit too solitary for me. I’m currently looking for a studio so I can share space with some other designers.
3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
Winning the Digetex Print Award 2016! I was so surprised and it was great to receive recognition as a new designer. Gave me a massive boost in going freelance and starting up my own company.
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
Work hard, keep connected and don’t give up! There as so many talented designers who aren’t in the roles they should be in. It’s such a difficult one to crack and the key is keeping connected with people who are interested in your work and getting your name out there!
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
You can do whatever you want! The world really is your oyster. Whatever you feel passionate about just go for it. You are the person that shapes your own life and as much as some people’s opinions may matter to you only you know what you want and how to get it.
6. What’s your favourite thing about being in GirlCrew?
Meeting tonnes of new and interesting people from such different backgrounds. As I work for myself it also means no colleagues. Although I have a great group of friends that aspect of my life is missing and GirlCrew more than makes up for that.