After a multifaceted career as a Textile/Surface Designer, encompassing a variety of markets, I now
Illustration. The etchings bring comfort to families, friends, communities and those seeking to
memorialize loved ones, heroes and important events. It is a compelling form of Surface Design and is
The Botanical Illustration is a practice I have aspired to since taking my first "Nature Study" class at the
Fashion Institute of Technology. Although I have painted thousands of flowers in my Textile days, this form
of illustration is scientific and challenging. I am working towards my "Certificate in Botanical Illustration"
from the New York Botanical Garden. I am loving this new chapter in my life and artistic practice.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have worked solely as a Textile & Surface Designer for my entire
career. It is a profession I have been passionate about and fascinated with since childhood. This first love
had endured a lifetime. My current work is on granite - a most permanent "surface".
The Fashion Institute of Technology was my first choice for college and after graduating I was employed
by M. Lowenstein & Sons in their Wamsutta division. In the beginning I “worked on the boards”, a term
used for those of us who hand-painted on a daily basis. As a colorist, repeat artist, designer and
eventually as assistant stylist, print stylist and mill stylist, my career progressed. Opening my own studio,
Yellow No 5 Design Studio, Inc. was a natural evolution. We specialized in service work (both hand-
painted and CAD) and offered styling services including “mill work”. Working for and with, what were
termed “the best of the best” companies, Dan River, Richloom Group, Robert Allen Group, Creative Bath,
Talbots, Dana Buchman, Macy’s and many others, my design skills evolved to encompass product
knowledge in a variety of markets; apparel - women’s wear, men’s, children’s; home products - bed and
bath, home furnishings, flooring, wall coverings and rugs. Printsource, Surtex and Yellowno5design.com
were venues for sales, along with a cadre of loyal customers, we enjoyed a long run of success. I have
had the priveledge of working with some of the mosted talented artists and designers in the industry.
In 2011 I traveled to Italy and visited designers, mills and museums, including the Ratti Foundation and
Ratti print plant, Antico Setificio, Tessitura Taborelli and Picchi amongst others. It was fascinating and
educational to see what has changed and what has remained the same in our industry.
Invited as an Arts-In-Education professional with Eastern Suffolk BOCES, and as a speaker for
independent organizations I share my knowledge and love of design by giving workshops and
presentations to students, faculty and community organizations throughout Long Island.
Yellow No 5 design Studio originated in 1995 with myself (Pat Dooling, nee Giancontieri) and
Malgosia Bromirska, (formerly of Ann Klein, one of the industry’s top textile designers and a true master
in color), partnering to create one of the industry’s top service studios.
• Highland Court/Duralee
• Laura Kirar/Tru Design
• Swavelle/Mill Creek
• Bespoke Trimmings, LLC.
• Ametex/Robert Allen Group
• Richloom Group
• Dan River
• Jaden Fabrics
• Alberto Mikali
• Blue Moon Printworks
• Special Occasion Dresses
Conti Collection Jewelry began in 2006 as a healing endeavour. "The stones have an energy which touches
us at a deep inner level. My focus is on presenting an eclectic combination of form, texture and color. Nature's palette
provides infinite ways to express my passion for design, color and texture. Working with semi-precious gemstones,
crystals, and pearls are an endless source of beauty and pleasure. Marrying expressive materials, particular metals and
handmade lampwork beads, provides a signature touch to each piece."
Paintings... As a "Master Painter" I am versed in a variety mediums and techniques; skills which have
been honed through years of hand painting when this was the paradigm of the industry.
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. - Vincent Van Gogh
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape
those who dream only at night. - Edgar Allan Poe
Etchings - Etching on monuments and using technology as Laser Design Solutions began when I
applied my creative experience to designing personal and family memorials. The opportunity arose
during a lull in freelance textile work.
"It is deeply rewarding to provide comfort to grieving families."
Web design. A new challenge, something I love, and working out extremely well!
I have begun the journey towards a dream imagined for quite some time,
Enjoy a taste of the prepartory work I am doing towards my Botanical Illustration Certificate.