This week’s Spoonflower pattern design contest is all about Umbrellas! For my design, I decided to also focus on a variety of seasons and types of weather which umbrellas could sure be useful in! My design is called “Brella” 🙂
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!
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.
Some exciting news – This week I was featured on the amazing Print & Pattern blog (here)! I am a huge fan and have been following it since the blog’s first year. I remember thinking even back then how amazing it would be to one day have my work chosen for showcase. And now, working for the first time under my name and in my own style, that has become a reality! I am full of wonder and gratefulness 🙂
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the website, you should definitely check it out! It’s *the* online resource for discovering the best of the best and all the new trends in print and pattern. Pretty big honor getting chosen to be featured among such revered artists and companies!
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… 🙂
This year I have the great pleasure of attending Surtex for the first time. I myself am not exhibiting this year, but many of my friends and collective members are! I am so very much looking forward to walking the floor and learning all kinds of new things at the seminars, plus meeting all my MATS friends! I hope to show at Surtex eventually, so this is a step towards making that goal come true. This trip was an extra push to get a new set of business cards with my new branding and surface pattern work 🙂
Last week I was working very hard on a project so I missed my unconventional animal alphabet for the week! K is for knives and a curious parrot called the Kakapo. They are strange and unique creatures, also the rarest and heaviest parrots in the world, weighing up to 8 pounds!! They give off what is described as a powerful, yet pleasant sweet musty scent – very curious to know what that is like.. Kakapos are nocturnal and the only parrots that are flightless, with a life span of around 95 years but living up to 120 years. Unfortunately, they are critically endangered but there are conservation efforts being implemented in which surviving Kakapo are being kept on predator-free islands in New Zealand. You can find out more about that on the Kakapo Recovery website! Oh my goodness, you can actually adopt one if you want! How cute are these guys?
Also, this is a HILARIOUS video from BBC of a Kakapo attempting to mate with the head of a zoologist while Stephen Fry stands by.
For the letter “J” in my unconventional animal alphabet series I found a highly amusing and curious looking animal called the Jeroba and added some jalapenos for snacking on. In my opinion, the Jeroba looks like a hybrid of a rabbit, kangaroo, and mouse! All this in a very small package with their bodies at 5 to 15 cm in length (the tails are an additional 7 to 25 cm). They have disproportionate legs and use these with their tails to move around by jumping! And jump they can – up to 6 to 7 feet in height and 10 feet in length. Their ears can vary in size with various species, but here I have drawn the Long-Eared Jeroba which has exceptional large ears 🙂 BBC has a cool video here that shows a Jerboa in its natural habitat.
I am on the letter “I” for my unconventional animal alphabet series this week. I decided to showcase a bird called the Ibis.. and Ice Cream (of course!). Ibises have been present in various mythologies and legends around the world, but the most familiar may be the Ibis as a symbol of the god Thoth by the Ancient Egyptians. They are also considered carnivores, which I found interesting. We can pretend some of the ice cream are grasshopper and fish flavored!
I have been working on my unconventional animal alphabet series again! This week I have completed H for Hyena (Spotted to be exact).. and hot dogs! The hyena has a strangely proportioned body and can be quite scary looking, so it took me a little while to come up with a drawn interpretation that I was pleased with. Hyenas have traits (genetic and behavioral) that are both feline and canine, which is pretty unique! Spotted Hyenas have less glorious manes than the other species of hyena but sometimes they do look like little mohawks.. I felt it was an important detail to add 🙂