Tippy Toes – Textile Design

This week, Spoonflower’s pattern design contest theme is Ballet! I introduce to you the newest sensation, The Woodland Ballet Company. My design is called “Tippy Toes.” Sweet little forest creatures showing off their graceful moves! And I couldn’t forget all the bling for the costumes. Ballet costumes are so sigh-worthy and beautiful, and the application of the embellishments is typically done by hand which makes them even more special!

New Artwork in CROP Magazine – Moonlight Wander

Hello there! I haven’t been able to post for a little while now, but not for lack of art making I assure you 🙂 I’ve been participating in a few competitions and workshops, as well as working on some awesome sewing projects and have been a very busy bee. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of that new work!

My post today is to show a new artwork piece that I created for Cultivate Art Collective’s first issue of their brand new online magazine called CROP. All the artists showcased created pieces under the theme of “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” in whichever way they chose to interpret it. I decided that this required adorable sleepy creatures in the forest, as you can see a bit of in the piece below entitled “Moonlight Wander.” I had such a fun time creating this!
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You can check out the first issue of Cultivate Art Collective’s online magazine CROP here.

Winnipeg Eats – Illustrated Map

This year I completed a fairly intensive map piece called “Winnipeg Eats.” It showcases many cherished iconic food establishments and restaurants in and around Winnipeg, Manitoba. I grew up eating at many of these places and think it is wonderful they are still around for people to enjoy 🙂 All the logos are original hand-lettered and illustrated artwork, in fact every bit of lettering on here was done manually by me – even the street names! It was an interesting exercise in conceptualizing and creating lettering in multiple distinct styles in order to show a unique identity for each establishment. If you are ever in Winnipeg, I highly recommend you check these lovely places out!

The image below is a small preview, but the a larger version has been showcased on They Draw & Travel here!

Perfectly Notional – Textile Design Collection

I have created a collection of 4 coordinate surface patterns called “Perfectly Notional” for the Spoonflower fabric design competition this week. This week Spoonflower is collaborating with Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine for the theme of sewing notions, objects that I am well acquainted with having come from a long line of proud sewists! Designers were to create a 4 pattern collection that would fit on a yard of fabric. Below you can see my individual designs from the collection to better view the detail – Buttons, Thread, Scissors, Needles.

Space Forest – Fabric8 Cosmic Voyage Entry

Spoonflower has teamed up with the lovely people at Robert Kaufman Fabrics (a highly coveted company for quilters and aspiring textile designers alike!) for Fabric8 again this year. It’s an opportunity for surface pattern designers to get their work in front of the great minds of Robert Kaufman, who will pick their top 100 entries for the semi-finals. No easy feat as last I heard there were over 700 entries! Here is my entry for this years’ cosmic voyage theme, titled “Space Forest.” I didn’t make the semi-finals but I still really enjoyed creating this design!

I had a lot of fun imagining a universe where animals and creatures are not limited to gravity! (or earth realistic colorings haha)

A Furry Upper Lip – Textile Design

This week’s Spoonflower textile competition is beard and mustache themed! I went a little off in to my own universe where all manner of creatures have very dashing facial hair in my design “A Furry Upper Lip” ! I worked with a more vintage palette which I think fits well with the subject theme. This design cracks me up every time I look at it! Maybe I should make these guys into plushies… 🙂

Editorial Illustration – Meditation Theme

Last week I had the amazing experience of attending Surtex to walk the show and meet so many of my lovely and absolutely inspiring artist friends in person. The booths were beautiful, artwork mind-blowing, and everyone I spoke to was so gracious and wonderful, going out of their way to share their experiences and give advice about the show and industry. And on the same floor the National Stationary Show was taking place with a whole extra level of product and design to fall in love with. Wow! I’m still processing the events of the trip a week later!

While this was going on, I was wondering if it would be possible to do the May Bootcamp Assignment in time for the deadline. Well, I’m happy to report that I was able to finish! This month, the theme was editorial illustration for an article called How to Meditate: A Primer for People Who Don’t Like to Meditate and needed to contain a human figure in some way. Now, if you are familiar with my blog and work you may have noticed there is a distinctive lack of human beings, so I knew this was going to be an interesting departure from my normal content. I think that the end result turned out pretty great though, and my figure is very representative of my style. This is “The Mind Wanders.” I feel so much inspired by finishing this project I’ve been drawing people non-stop! Watch this space 🙂

The gallery is now live to see everyone’s great work for May Bootcamp and you can check it out here!

Everything but the Sink! – Textile Design

This is my Spoonflower entry for the utensil themed textile design contest this week! It’s called “Everything but the Sink!” because well… I pretty much included every kitchen utensil I could fit in except the sink! Haha!  I think I need to order some of this on cotton so I can make an apron (LONG overdue project) 🙂