Tattoo dream come true!

Last month I had the privilege of  designing a craft tattoo for a friend.  The tattoo was inspired by the Industrial Revolution themed pattern I did for the REPEAT contest.

I had such a good time research craft tattoos and drawing this.   Also I  was incredibly flattered that someone would want my art on their body forever... huge compliment!  I can't wait to see what it looks like after it's healed.  Speaking of REPEAT, round two is starting up soon and the deadline for entering is tomorrow!    This year I'm coming back as a guest judge and proud to be judging amongst some of the most friendly and talented ladies in the quilt world!

Quilt Market Recap

So I survived my first Quilt Market!! I went armed with postcards, swatches of my work and some portfolios on my ipad to show art directors.  The first day left me feeling completely overwhelmed... so much fabric to look at, so many people and everyone seemed too busy to talk.

Luckily I was not alone and was able to meet up with the ladies who ran The Printed Bolt's REPEAT contest as well as Michele (winner of REPEAT!)

Me, Ellen, Madeleine and Michele hanging out in Carolyn's booth!

After a rough day of walking the floor we hit up the Modern Quilt Guild's meet up that night.  This was the place to be!!! Michele and I immediately spotted a few of our favorite designers and decided to be brave and go talk to them.

Carolyn's block of the month quilt "Local" in her first fabric line; Architextures.  

 Through out the weekend we managed to talk to: Melody Miller,  Rashida Coleman-HaleCarolyn FriedlanderLizzy HouseAmy ButlerAnna Maria HornerTula Pink and Sarah Watson.

This is Michele and I chatting with Anna Maria Horner!!

Let me tell you... every single one of these ladies was even more fabulous in person!!!  Each of them took the time to speak to us about our experiences at our first quilt market, or their approach to design, what they think of the Modern Quilt movement, etc.  It made me so incredibly happy.....

I'm definitely encouraged to continue designing fabric and maybe even attend the spring quilt market in Portland, Oregon this year...

Quilt Market Prep

I've printed my postcards and cut fresh swatches of fabric! I'm on my way to the International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas to show my fabric designs. Anyways, I'm looking forward to meeting designers, fabric companies and some of the fabulous people involved in The Printed Bolt REPEAT contest! Wish me luck!

Take a Hike samples

I ordered some samples from Spoonflower to see how "Take A Hike" would print. My samples arrived very quickly because I ordered them as a collection of swatches. (Also the cheapest way to get swatches)

It's so exciting to open up the envelope and see all of my fabrics!!

Some of them are a little off in terms of scale

and the colors are a tad muted, but overall I love them!

I'm trying to use my handy dandy Spoonflower color chart to fix the color, fingers crossed it works!

Take a hike!

It's the final round of the REPEAT contest. I'm thrilled to have made it to the very end! Here are the final colorways for my collection; Take a hike.

It was quite a challenge to get all of these patterns and color ways done in under two weeks!

I'm leaving tomorrow for an exciting trip and I'm not sure how much internet access I will have.

but I wanted to share these patterns before I get back because I had a lot of fun working on them.

Here are two additional patterns I made, but did not submit for the contest; a stripe pattern and a chevron.

I'll be excited to see what the other finalists; Michele and Krissy come up with.

I think Ive learned a lot over the duration of this competition and I would love the opportunity to share my work at the quilt market!

Go check out the other finalists: http://theprintedbolt.com/ and vote for me for the Reader's choice award! Thanks guys!

Flea Market Patterns

It's round FIVE of the Printed Bolt's REPEAT contest. This is the last round of the contest before the final round. If I make it to the final round I have a 1/3 chance of winning the prize money, a trip to the Houston Quilt Market and having a quilt constructed in my winning collection.  How amazing would that be?  So go vote now and help me make it to the final (Voting closes Sunday night) 

I was really excited about the Flea Market theme and had a blast creating "Field of Fortune." (above) When working on my secondary patterns I always try to imagine each pattern as an important component in a collection.

I usually make some patterns at a larger scale, smaller scale, have less color, have a geometric feel or an organic feel.

 This round I really loved them all and it was tough choosing which to submit.  Ultimately I chose the blue version of the one below.

Anyways, I'm really happy with how all of these turned out.  I feel like I managed to push myself out of my comfort zone a little and still create work that feels like it's coming from me.  This round we have some seriously exciting judges: Carolyn Friedlander and Kim Kight.  I'm really looking forward to hearing what they have to say because I love Carolyn's new quilt patterns and I always read Kim's blog True Up.   Fingers crossed!

"Up in the Air"

Our latest round of patterns for The Printed Bolt's REPEAT contest were due last night.  For this round I wanted to push myself by working a little more abstractly.  My dusk design is loosely inspired by feathers and also decorative henna drawings.   In the summer I'd use henna to tattoo designs on my hands and feet.  During the school year I would doodle similar designs on my hands with pen, which completely horrified most of the adults I knew.

The theme was "Up in the Air" so I tried to create patterns that were evocative of a warm summer night.  "Branch" is inspired by star gazing.  I also wanted to create a pattern with a funky, organic texture.  I struggled a lot on the colors...  I developed about 4 colorways.  Above is the one I ended up liking the best.  Here's some other patterns I was working on, but decided not to submit:

Fireflies!

And some bark inspired stripes.

Here's the other colorways I developed:

Aqua, pink, orange and lemon yellow

Olive green, sky blue and peach colorway

Red, Orange, pink colorway

Ultimately I went with the dusk one because I thought the colors were on trend and they best represented a summer vibe.  My fingers are crossed that I'll make it to 5th round!    The new designs are up and voting is open til Sunday, so go vote!

Surtex 2012

In case you haven't seen the good news, I'm on to round four of the REPEAT competition!  This month's challenge is "Up in the Air."  So far I'm totally stumped, but I felt very inspired after researching current trends from the Spring Quilt show that was held this past week.  I did a post about my favorite trends and collections over at the TPB blog.  Below is a collection of cards and flyers from my favorite artists from the Surtex  and National Stationery Shows.

I was able to meet up with some friends and chit chat about the show which made the day much more awesome!  Thanks guys!

I didn't take any photos, but I thought I'd link to a few of my favorite artists!  I picked out this button from Rifle Paper co.  because this is what I want to look like when I'm an old lady! haha!  They had the cutest cards and these coasters too.  Moglea was another of my favorite hand lettering/ letterpress, booths especially this pattern she used as an envelope liner.  Wildhorse press also had some fun new cards! I really want this apple set! .  For the surface designers I loved seeing Khristian A. Howell's new work, her colors are so bold!  Paper & Cloth's work  is always so on the latest trend and so much fun!  I wish I could work for them!!  Lastly, 1st time exhibitor Kate Thomas's work caught my eye because of its hand drawn charm and her beautiful colors.  I could see her work on a variety of things!  Well that's it for now, I'm looking forward to a fantastic weekend!

Sashiko

     For our third challenge of the REPEAT design competition we were asked to draw on our life experience to create two prints.  I wanted to create prints inspired by the time I spent living in Japan.

While studying at Kyoto Seika I would peruse the library for reference material and I loved checking out books filled with traditional patterns usually on Japanese textiles or paper.

     Often these books were written in Japanese, but I still loved looking at the images.  I thought it would be cool to incorporate designs from a traditional Japanese textile into my patterns this month.  I went back to the RISD library to see if they had any books with Sashiko stitched fabric in it and they did!  In fact they have a whole series of  books featuring traditional Japanese textiles!

     I checked out a few and was thrilled that the books had some captions in English!  It turns out that this type of stitching is often used on garments typically worn by workers such as fisherman, farmers and woman divers.  Sashiko is a very traditional stitching technique used to reinforce the fabric.  Some of the designs were also seen as a talisman to protect woman divers from danger.  How cool is that?

Anyways, I had no idea that this type of stitching had such a practical application, I just really loved the different patterns.  All of these images are scanned from the book I checked out called: "Kogin and Sashiko Stitch" it's book #13 in the series.  If you want to try sashiko yourself, there is an excellent tutorial over at The Purl Bee.

Here's some of the other color ways I thought about using for my Sashiko inspired print.  If you haven't already head over to The Printed Bolt to check out all of the patterns for this round and vote!

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Spring is always a good time for changes and rebirth:  The new website is up!   Please follow me there on my new blog!  I'll have a few more of these posts up at Emu Attacks.  I'm also onto the 3rd round of The Printed Bolt's REPEAT competition!  Now there are only 6 of us left.  Thanks again to my supportive family and friends for getting the word out and cheering me on.  It means a lot!

  Signs of spring are emerging all over the neighborhood.  Outside our bedroom window is this beautiful tree.  When it blooms in the spring it makes me feel like we are living in a tree fort.

Every year I forget to photograph it we've been living in this apartment for almost 4 years now...Today I finally remembered to!

After spending a weekend in DC with my family it was nice to get back and see the tree in full bloom.  Providence is not the most international or coolest city but it feels like home.

Industrial Revolution- REPEAT Round 2

Thanks again so much to everyone for voting for me in the first round!  I really appreciate all of the support.  The second round of patterns are up http://theprintedbolt.com/!  This month the theme was the Industrial Revolution.  Which seemed tricky initially...  As usual I went through the 5 stages of creative development: 1) Panic- What the hell am I going to do?

2) Excitement- Start doodling things, this is so much fun!

3) Frustration- I hate how this is looking... It's horrible!

4) Determination- I'm going to figure out why I don't like it and make it better!

5) Acceptance- I tried to push myself creatively, fix things that were bad and now its out of my hands.

I blogged more about my process and ideas at the REPEAT blog!  Go check out all of the entries and make sure to vote by Sunday the 15th!  Hurrah! the fabrics from last round are up for sale on Spoonflower!  And if your reading this here than you've found my new website!  What do you think?

First round of REPEAT

Phew!  I got my "Tiny Dwelling" patterns done at the last minute.  All of the patterns are up and there are some amazing submissions!  Go check out the patterns and vote for mine now!  Here's a little glimpse into my process... A photo from one of my favorite books:  The Deep!  It's full of amazing photographs of deep sea life!
I also got a chance to use my handy dandy Spoonflower color swatch chart to match my digital colors to printed samples.
Inside my sketchbook some ink drawings for the Tulip Hill pattern.
Here's "Sleep with the Fishes"
 and "Tulip Hill"
I'm very happy with how they turned out!  Voting is open today-Sunday the 25th so please go vote for me!

REPEAT

Woo Hoo! I've been selected as one of the 10 finalists to compete in The Printed Bolt's REPEAT competition! The Grand Prize Winner will get a trip to the International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas! In addition a quilt will be made out of the winner's designs and displayed at the show. How cool is that?

Each month we will be given a design challenge and a few designers will be eliminated (Project Runway style) This month the assignment is "Tiny Dwellings."

Here is the awesome care package I received from organizers Ellen and Madeleine.  It included a Spoonflower color chart, delicious smelling tea and A Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kimberely Kight, who is one of my favorite bloggers and will be a guest judge in the competition!  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!