Prints & Materials

When designing textile prints, I always consider: surface texture, material drape and the artwork itself, exploring both contrast, like a fluid design on a stiff material; and harmony.

For the Paint print (right), I first created the brush strokes with ink on paper, until I achieved the desire motion. Later, I layered the strokes to create the gradient effect.

Dress: screen print (roll) on the matt side of silk charmeuse.

Leggings: digital print on nylon jersey.

Paint print, Fall/Winter 2014 Thaïs LimaNYC

Photo: Rodrigo Maltchique

I designed the Glitch print by meticulously cutting and placing elements from my personal collection of glitch screen shots, a digital embroidery.

Having explored placement prints to add dimension to garments, this process has also taught me about the importance of precision and planning. For years, I have been fascinated by the images of computer generated errors and I collect them (yes, I take a screen shot every time my computer crashes).

Technique: Digital printing on the matt side of silk charmeuse.

A series of prints created for the Spring/Summer 2015 Thaïs Lima NYC collection.

Above: the fluidity of the print adds an optical illusion to the jersey drape. On the right:  layered prints add depth to the style.

A purposeful print overload effect.

Intended for mixing and matching, these prints interconnect through their accent colors and details.

Beauty on the inside: printed linings.

Created for the W!TCHES collection, a custom printed lining adds a pleasant surprise.

Working With Leather

Exploring other ways to interpret a print, using leather engraving and applications.

Various leather qualities cut into ribbons and applied over a stretch denim base.


There are infinite
possibilities for one’s creativity.
Each skill learned
is a new door.

Thanks / Merci / Obrigada

Thaïs Lima, 2020