Jackie Tahara is a freelance illustrator based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, who specializes in floral illustrations and botanical patterns.

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I founded UnBlink Studio in beautiful Victoria, Canada, where I am happily surrounded by mountains, forests, beaches and the Pacific Ocean. I am completely obsessed with creating perfect, flowing and beautifully-coloured surface pattern designs and illustrations primarily for home décor, wallpaper, textiles, apparel, tech accessories, stationery and more. Floral and botanical designs are amongst my favorites to create! I’m constantly experimenting with new ideas, and my distinctive artwork reflects my obsessions with Mid-Century Modern design, anything Japanese, the intricate florals of William Morris and Josef Frank, and the landscapes, textiles, colours and craft traditions I have seen throughout my international travels. If I’m not in my studio, I’m probably digging around in my wild garden!


  • Redflag Swimwear
  • WGSN
  • Honeybee Wrap
  • Mia Presley Designs
  • Harper & Blake London


Which flower do you draw the most?
Aside from drawing all kinds of flowers from my studio garden (including rhododendrons, delphiniums, tulips) and those that I take pictures of during my wanderings (wild roses, cherry blossoms), I also draw from memories of living in Hawaii (tropical hibiscus and lilikoi, for example) and from travel to exotic locales (bamboo and palm trees). And I also find it so satisfying to draw fantastical fantasy flowers and plants from my pure imagination too!

What grows in your garden?
Here goes a long list: roses, camellias, magnolias, tulips, delphiniums, clematis, peonies, rhododendrons, gladiolus, azaleas, hydrangeas, California grape, dogwood, lillies, alstroemeria, fuchsias, irises, campanulas, Japanese maples, a big fatsia, lots of big trees and bushes, a weeping pussy willow, bamboo, rosemary, a butterfly bush, lots of other things I don’t know the names of, cherry tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, herbs and greens, and various weeds…I could go on!

What do flowers symbolize to you?
Peace and beauty and simple things. And wild abundance (probably because of our garden)!

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