For the Love of Pattern: Textile Design by Courtney Geist

Courtney Geist is a textile designer studying at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design. She began her artistic career painting murals, creating pen and ink note cards, and doing henna tattoos. This past summer she worked with fair trade women’s clothing brand, Mata Traders during the week, painted a mural at PricewaterhouseCoopers Detroit during the night, and lead her pop up shop, C.G. Creations henna tattoos and stationery, into its third consecutive year of weekend market presence.

Here are some of her card and henna designs:

Mata Traders is a company that collaborates with women’s cooperatives in India and Nepal to create their one of a kind designs. As a textile design intern, Courtney created unique patterns, color variations, and jewelry designs for the company; many of which will be produced in the company’s future lines.

Here are some of her textile designs for Mata Traders:

Through her entrepreneurial and freelance pursuits, Courtney painted a mural for the audit and assurance, tax and consulting company, PwC. The mural features prominent Detroit buildings in PwC brand colors, stretching over a 45 foot wall canvas. Separately with her henna tattoo and notecards company, C.G. Creations, she created a line of 30 notecard designs and is constantly adding to the collection. She sells customizable packs of 5 or 10 at Metro-Detroit street fairs and pop up markets on the weekends in tandem with doing free-hand henna tattoos.

Here is her amazing hand-painted mural for PwC:

In her final year at the Stamps School of Art and Design, Courtney is dissecting her own and other’s affiliation with her hometown, Detroit. She is looking to challenge people’s negative perception of the city through pattern, textile design, and printmaking; and further celebrating its revitalization in a contemporary visual vernacular. Much of her work tackles difficult conversations about the city’s past in the form of delicate patterns that are transferable to interior and fashion design.

Here are her newest Detroit-oriented pattern explorations:

For more of Courtney’s work, visit or follow her Instagram, @c.g.creations


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