Thank you friends and family for being so awesome and spreading the word!! I can't wait to see my dress up for sale on Modcloth and to get my own sample to wear!! (hopefully it will be available for sale late this summer) Couldn't be more excited!! Now we just need to convince Amanda Needham to have Carrie Brownstein wear it on Portlandia... haha
Above my desk is a list of dream clients and jobs. On my list are things like; art for food packaging, create my own wrapping paper,
design a tattoo- checked off! When I saw that Modcloth was announcing a print design contest and Portlandia Costume Designer Amanda Needham would be a guest judge. I got super excited to come up with some prints... I've really been enjoying Portlandia; the awkward humor of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen as well as Kyle Maclachlan as mayor ; )
I came up with a few ideas for the dress, but was crossing my fingers they would pick this Twin Peaks inspired dress pattern. Since falling in love with Twin Peaks last year I've been kicking around some ideas for a fan art piece. (Check out Design Sponge's post on set/clothing inspiration) Here's some of my favorite Twin Peaks fan art pieces by other artists: Love this print by Mary Kate McDevitt, Tee by Robert Farkas over at Threadless, Amazing log lady print and pins!
Modcloth has such an awesome selection of vintage and retro inspired dresses. I love the prints they use and knew I could get away with designing something that was really cute and illustrative. (retro+ cute+illustrative+dash of Portlandia weirdness= my wheelhouse) If you haven't seen Twin Peaks, hopefully you'd still wear a dress with owls, trees, coffee cups and logs, right?...Surely a staple in every lady's closet.
Please give my dress some love and GO VOTE on the Modcloth website!! If I win I get some $, the dress produced with my name in the label and I get to wear a dress with my print on it, which I could check off my dream list!
Here it is my 2014 Lumberjack tea towel calendar!! As soon as I got my fabric in the mail I threw it in the wash and stitched it right up.
If you also have a huge crush on lumberjacks, this towel might be for you...
Here's some close ups of the animals; goats wearing hats (inspired by the Sound of Music puppets!), gitty hedgehogs, sneaky raccoons and guitar playing birds.
Seriously can you tell how much fun I had working on this?
This may be my favorite tea towel calendar yet!
Check it out in my Etsy shop!
Happy Friday and have an awesome weekend!
Happy Friday! I just finished up my new tea towel calendar for 2014. The last two years they've sold really well, so I'll have the 2014 one up in my Etsy shop as soon as I can. This year I took inspiration from...
Lumberjacks and decorative elements on vintage Soviet postcards!
I found some really great reference for both on pinterest!
Here's a little sneak peek of my lumberjacks.
I can't wait to receive my proof back from Spoonflower!
If you want to see the calendar early you can go vote for my calendar in the 2014 Tea Towel Calendar at Spoonflower.
We are moving very soon!
As I look around the studio I realize now would be a good time to get rid of some of my inventory... and have less things to box up.
Starting today use code: MOVING in my Etsy shop to receive 20% off all orders over $15.
Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and check out the sale... From now till the end of June! 20% off! I'll be adding more items so keep your eyes peeled!
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.
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...
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!
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!
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!
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!
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:
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!
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!
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?
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?
I also loved living in the picturesque countryside of Kyoto. No matter how grumpy I felt a quick ride on my bike always brightened my mood. There is really nothing better than casually biking past fragrant fields of rice, vegetables, streams and small houses. I also developed an affinity for the surrounding mountains, they offered a fantastic backdrop and landmark visible from almost anywhere in the city.
At first when I came back I had to fight the urge to point out how different everything is in the US. "Look at my giant coffee!" "Can you believe how loud those people are talking?" Coming back allowed me to see Providence with fresh eyes and of course appreciate the time I spent in Japan. ( The blue painted under porches in New England always makes me smile)