A new pattern inspired by after school snacks and hungry tummies! I wanted this to be a fun colorful layout that used a limited palette. I had a lot of fun reminiscing for inspiration! This is now available for sale in my Spoonflower shop 🙂 Sample swatch image shows the pattern printed on the lovely new Poly Crepe de Chine.
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)
I recently had the most amazing news.. I was chosen to be one of the 100 designers for showcase in the new Surface Pattern Design Guide issue of UPPERCASE Magazine – issue #21!
It is a huge honor to be included in such a coveted magazine alongside all these amazing artists, some of which I have admired for many years, and many of them my MATs classmates! The magazine is going to be given out at Surtex in May (for those of you that aren’t familiar, Surtex is the awe-inducing surface pattern trade show that every aspiring designer dreams about showing at some day), but is also available in a variety of bookstores and retailers – even Chapters, where I was able to pick up mine! You can preview an online version here, but the text isn’t fully readable. I’m on page 67!
Uppercase is an independent Calgary-based magazine that is a unique and fabulous read, and runs entirely on subscriptions. If you are interested in subscribing, they have an awesome deal right now – $15 off a subscription with the discount code USPDG2014.
I have exciting news! My Underwater Pool Party! fabric design made Spoonflower’s top ten this week! One of the best things is getting to see samples of the printed fabric posted right away by the lovely SF staff and I think it turned out pretty great (I posted them below). This was a limited palette challenge with a very interesting combination of colors, but I think the top ten designs make a lovely complimentary package. If I was a quilter, I think the fat quarter bundle this week would make an amazing kids blanket! My design is for sale here and the bundle of the winning fabrics is available here, but only for about a week. Come join the pool party!
Possibly the most hilarious fabric close up ever… Hello little guy! 🙂
I am so excited to announce that my entry for this week’s Spoonflower fabric design contest “Sew, My Darling” has won! I am completely overwhelmed with the support everyone showed in their voting and the lovely feedback I have received 🙂 This was my second entry (well, technically third) in the SF weekly contest and I can’t express how encouraging it is to have such a positive reaction to the fact that I am now creating artwork in my own style!
My fabric design is currently for sale on Spoonflower and it is also available for this week only in a fat quarter bundle with the other 9 top fabrics. Sidenote – I’ve ordered strike-offs in a smaller repeat size for review, and also in two additional colorways which I will release after I make sure that everything looks like it should! Wahoo 😀 Spoonflower rocks!
For MATS home decor week (week 2) I ended up submitting “Little Worlds” from my Cupboard Terrarium collection, for the project submission pool. I later found out that I had been chosen as one of the few designs Lilla Rogers reviewed in her weekly video! *cue girlish shriek* To say I was excited and honored was somewhat understated 🙂
It was suggested I draw my hanging terrariums a few more times to get the styling down. They are so fun to make and I really am growing comfortable with using paint again, which is a great thing! I’ve been concentrating on the other weekly projects so cleaning up the scans of these has been slow but here is a quick peek.
Here are my final designs for MATS class this week, entitled “Cupboard Terrarium.” I embraced my love for succulents and my new found joy painting with gouache, creating a line that I think very accurately represents my style. I would love to have these plates produced but also think the artwork could be applied to fabric as well. Going to think on that one 🙂
Home Decor Week! In Lilla Roger’s class this week she encouraged us to go outside our comfort zone and experiment in some aspect, whether that be material, medium, style, subject, or some other equally important component that has a profound effect on our work. And to draw pods! Not the type from outer space, but pod-type flowers, seeds, basically anything that was a non-traditional floral, which we would design to go on a series of plates meant for retailers such as Crate & Barrel or Anthropologie. Fancy!
I myself have never been particularly drawn to creating any type of florals so that was the first part of going outside of my comfort zone. I also decided this week I would also not use any vectors in my artwork. ANY. For an artist that has almost exclusively created commercial work in vector form for years, this was a slightly scary goal but I was excited and motivated to put all my energy in to it! After doing some preliminary research and sketches, I first started by playing with marker and watercolor. I really admire those of you who are beautiful water-colorists. I don’t know if it is the right medium for me, but I will keep experimenting to find what works for me. It has been almost ten years since I painted in any form so I think that I did pretty well!
I then started to work with gouache and everything clicked! I had so much fun creating my artwork with this medium and all the tiny details it allowed for. What fun! I definitely felt like it was a breakthrough day when I was working on this set of paintings, didn’t have a second thought to falling back to good ol’ trusty Illustrator 🙂 I’m really excited about what I’ve created so far and look forward to integrating more hand painted artwork in to my portfolio!
I recently participated in Module 3 of the e-course The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design run by the fabulous Beth Kempton and instructed by surface pattern design heavyweight Rachael Taylor. It was an intensive program that covered both the business and creative sides of surface pattern design, one that I wish was longer than five weeks! In addition, I became part of a community of amazing artists from across the globe that are all very supportive and uniquely talented. I have always felt a bit like a lone wolf in my creative endeavors and it was amazing to be dropped into a community of dedicated and motivated creative individuals that I admire! As a proud graduate I also got one of these pretty badges. Once I catch up, I hope to post some of my work produced during the class.