About LemonPattern

LemonPattern is created by Petra van der Lem. The name LemonPattern is a play on my last name: lem-on-pattern.

Inspiration is often found in art, objects around my studio or a result of an experiment with materials. I love simple shapes and bold colors. I believe color says a lot about a person, the appearance of a company or sets the mood in an interior.

LemonPattern is part of Catchy Design a graphic design studio based in The Netherlands.

About Petra

From my home studio in the western part of the Netherlands I work as a freelance graphic, surface &­ pattern designer. 

I’m trained as an Interior Designer and hold a BA in Art History with a minor in Printmaking & Graphic Techniques.

My style is colorful and graphic but also dreamy and intuitive. I like to be guided by what is happening on the paper or canvas. Colors are used to create an atmosphere or to make a statement. I believe a color says a lot about the character of a person, the appearance of a company, or the vibe of an interior. 

I have a great eye for detail, but enjoy small imperfections and the unexpected beautiful oops.

I am part of the Art + Pattern Society, a European collective of artists and pattern designers. Our designs are available to license or buy outright. They are suitable for a wide variety of markets: textiles, apparel, home decor, stationery and more.


Basic training in Art Therapy
Kolam, Zutphen

2002 – 2008
BA – Art History
Minor Printmaking & Graphical Techniques
Leiden University, Leiden

1997 – 2001
Architectural & Interior Design
KABK, The Hague

1992 – 1996
DTP – Graphic Design
Graphic Lyceum Rotterdam, Rotterdam

Nine fun facts about me


Will work for cake

Maybe. But you can definitely wake me up for cake and chocolate. Owh and caramel/toffees…


I love color

I’m very fond of bright cheerful colors. My favorite color is the rainbow.


Studio assistant

My studio assistant has 4 paws and takes care of inspiration walks and cuddles. He loves to take a nap.


Great eye for details

I’m obsessed with even numbers and doing everything exactly right. That might take forever. Team slow rules!


When life gives you lemons…

you should make lemonade… and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.


I love to swim

and I love to float. I’m actually a master at floating. My spirit animal is a jellyfish, just go with the flow.


Glass is always half full

I’m a very positive person and looking for the bright side of life. My favorite drink is water (and brut Champagne).


Let’s build a snowman

It is a happy talent to know how to play. Find joy in a beautiful oops, and use the whole box of crayons.


Always look for Rainbows

My favorite kind of colors, the feeling of rain on my face and sunshine make a happy combination.