A Fresh Sail

When I published the new website, I mentioned I'd finally be be able to announce some new licensing product launches, and I am so glad to be able to spill the (some of the) beans. It is so fun to find a company that loves your work and wants to partner with you, and the first of my new licensing partners to announce is Anthology Fabrics! 

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The children's fabric collection is called A Fresh Sail, and let me tell you, this collection has been rolling around in my head for a long time. Want some proof?

Yep, that's a me, drawing sailboats, age 8. My mom gave me some of my childhood photos a few years ago, and every one is either me in a boat, coloring, or doing cartwheels. I'm pretty sure my first memory is flipping over and out of a little Sunfish Sailboat with my dad when I was around three. Every weekend was spent out in the ocean, and it was a pretty fantastic way to grow up, even if, as you can see, I've never been a fan of flopping fish. I don't think I've ever taken a fish off a hook, thanks Dad!

When I quit my full time design job a year and a half ago, I wanted to design wallpaper and fabric. I feel so fortunate that both of those have happened, and continue to happen! One place A Fresh Sail will be available in October is Hawthorne Threads. Seeing my name listed with so many designers I admire on the Designers page was a little scary at first and humbling too. Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, and Heather Ross are super-heros in my book. It's also great to see that my SCAD Fibers friend Sarah Watson's collection is sold there too. It's all been really fun to watch it all come together. Thanks for following along, and I hope you like the new collection!

P.S. Apartment Therapy feature?! Wow, ok!

 

Trends come and go, but birds are sticking around

This week I was digging around in some old files from my job as a textile designer. I was looking for examples of past work to show a client, and let me tell you, there were many a suzani rug designs in those files. A few years ago, suzanis were all the rage in home decor. Some of the other ethnic prints that were also popular then are still going strong, like ikats. But what happened to the suzani? I for one, am aiming to bring it back. I made this folksy group, and threw in a folksy suzani design (under the polka dot). It's a modern, folk, songbird, floral filled collection, and it will be at Surtex with my agent in a few weeks.

Prepping

Today I am busily prepping for a photo shoot with my lovely intern Lucy. She has some photography experiance and a fun personality to boot, so I am excited. Thank God I have her to help because I woke up yesterday with a mostly bum arm. I can barely move it in any direction. Yesterday I was sewing the pillow in the photo above, and I kept forgetting that I can't use my left arm at all. I would cry out each time I reached with my hand to pull the turn the fabric to sew a new side on the machine. Ridiculous! 

I printed the fabric from Spoonflower and made a simple enevelope pillow cover out of it. Here's a photo of the fabric before I cut it.

I was thinking, "What would a pattern for a baby anthropologie look like?" I'm sure they will be launching that brand any day now. Actually now that I think about it, I'm kind of surprised they don't have baby stores yet. Well, here's my spin on that anyway. I'll update soon with photo shoot pics!

A byproduct

Sometimes I get a request for new artwork for a specific need from an existing client. Sometimes my agent mentions something a prospective client has requested to see. Both of those happened in the last two weeks, and now my desktop is full of lots of miscellaneous new work. It seems like a lot of surface designers create a new cohesive line each season, but my work process is a bit all over the place because of these requests. A year and some change after becoming a full time independent designer, this whole existence and process still makes me scratch my head pretty often. Am I doing this the most efficient way? What am I even going to do today? Should I be spending more time creating artwork that only fits a specific look aka "a brand" for myself, or should I just keep creating what people are asking to see and hope it all looks pretty together? I'm still figuring it all out. Today I decided I needed to put together some collections expanding on some of the work I did recently, the work all over my desktop. I just made a collection I liked, in a colorway I liked, not because it was the most sellable or I thought someone in particular would like it. It made me glad to make something I wanted to draw, not a self-imposed food drawing challenge (never again!) or a request. It was a break, and I needed it! Oh, and if you have any work-flow ideas, let me know. I think I need that too.

Research

 

 

*I'm challenging myself to draw a food related pattern or illustration every weekday for the next two weeks! and thanks Bettina for the photos!

I have another food illustration for you, finally! I had really hoped to post a new one every single day as part of my challenge, but whoa, that is not happening. Friday, some of my girlfriends wanted to help me do some "research" for this little project, so we went out and had a bagel-centric and delicious lunch downtown. I thought I would draw something based on what we ate, and I started to do that, but it just wasn't working. I wasn't happy with any of it. Coming back to the computer over the weekend to start over a few times, I finally decided to try some hand-lettering. I like how some of it turned out, and some of it I'll redo if I send it to my agent for licensing. I also want to try some more color combinations. 

 

Isn't this quote lovely? I'd never heard it before. It is so very true. Thanks for Friday lunch, friends! It was of more worth than hoarded gold for sure :)

Farmers Market Pattern

*I'm challenging myself to draw a food related pattern or illustration every weekday for the next two weeks!

Todays pattern is a new try with those herbs from yesterday. I think I could add even more detail on the carrots and parsley. The color palette is definfitely out of my comfort zone, and I don't think I've ever drawn a tomato. This challenge is for sure making me stretch a bit. I'm doing some "research" with friends at lunch tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Already cheating

*I'm challenging myself to draw a food related pattern or illustration every weekday for the next two weeks!

Hmm, so I am just now realizing that herbs, though definitely a type of food, are pretty much, as far as my illustrative purposes go, more of a floral. Tomorrow I must draw something that is only a food. It is a little disheartening that I am already subconciously cheating. This is going to be a long two weeks :)

I decided to jump on the chalkboard trend since I've never designed anything with that. I think I may like a solid background more...

Yep, I think that is better. The chalkboard is a little unnecessary and distracting.

Also, in case you were wondering, the herbs are; chamomile, mint, two kinds of parsley, rosemary and lavender. 

Food Challenge

Today I present to you a doughnut pattern! Everyday I will draw some sort of food pattern for the next two weeks. This one has a similar color story as the one below. I hope this little challenge forces some extra creativity out of me. Some days will be better than others, I'm sure.

I really want a doughnut now! I'd go to this amazing place in my neighborhood, but I think it would be smarter to go eat a real lunch instead... probably...

Silverware

Here is the follow-up to the original silverware sketches. I think I like the faster, looser sketches better, maybe? I go back and forth. I painted on textured Strathmore drawing paper because i could not find my watercolor paper anywhere, and I didn't love the texture. Last week I painted my office and moved a ton of stuff around. Apparently I lost a few things in the shuffle too. It might be best to put this away for a while and take a fresh look in a few days or weeks... or until I find the right paper.

Supper Club Sketching

Supper Club is a girls only gathering once a month that my friends here in Athens started last year. I love seeing what everyone brings to eat. I love seeing people's homes since we switch who hosts the event every month. I love the new friends I've made at Supper Club too. Usually they are friends of friends I've heard of in passing, sometimes for years, but never met in person. Now we are hoping to turn our tradition into a cookbook for ourselves. We have some really talented ladies amongst us, so I think it will be fantastic. I was thinking about how I might contribute pattern-wise, so I sketched some silverware today. Tomorrow I'm going to paint them on watercolor paper, with more detail. I also want to incorporate a lot of different vintage silverware styles. We haven't even brainstormed a look for our book, so maybe we won't even use this idea, but I'm glad I started sketching. Maybe it will turn into a whole collection...

Print & Pattern Feature

Have I mentioned that it feels really surreal to see your work on a blog you've been a fan of for years? Yesterday some of my work was posted on Print & Pattern, which describes itself as "a website that celebrates the world of surface pattern design." Print & Pattern is my favorite surface design blog, and I believe one of, if not the first. It's definitely the best! Thanks bowie style!

 

Style Court feature

This was so fun guys. Atlanta blogger Courtney at Style Court writes about lots of textiles and artists, and she featured me on her blog yesterday. She interviewed me about being a SCAD Fibers alumni and showcased the Garden wallpaper. I get lots of questions from other designers and students I meet about my past jobs and my experience attending art school, and I am always asking designers the same questions about their experiences. It is so interesting how people get into pattern design; I actually have met quite a few Scientific Illustration majors from UGA who now are textile or pattern designers. I love her photos of camellias that she included in her post too. Thanks for having me over at Style Court, Courtney!

(Courtney's own photos)

Here's the scoop: the story behind the wallpaper

We're undergoing a week's worth of construction at Casa Pruitt, and I hope it is the last serious construction EVER! The corgis seem stressed, and so am I, my friends, so am I. Let's distract ourselves, shall we? I thought it would be fun to give you some details concerning the wallpapers that just launched (yay!) at Hygge and West. Garden is above, and it is my favorite. I gathered flowers and berries from my neighborhood, Normaltown, while on a walk and sketched them. I love the delicate lines that were originally my drawn pencil lines. The big flowers are Camellias, which bloom all over Georgia in the Spring. They explode all over dark green bushes, all different shades of pink and red and all at the same time. This one comes in five colorways, and when I finally do install some wallpaper, I will definitely be hanging this one first, probably in the dark cream, gold option. I love the tone on tone. 

 

Working Away

It's cold and blustery in Georgia today. I am glad to be inside drawing. This is a fall colorway of a floral I've been working on for the past two days, and I'm thinking of making a print or two of it on watercolor paper. I'm also thinking I need a cup of coffee and a blanket. Hope you're staying warm, wherever you are.

My Wallpaper collection with Hygge & West

My first licensed collection has officially launched!!!

That definitely deserved three exclamation points, ha.

It is so fun to see a design become a real life thing, a you-can-buy-it-and-put-it-in-your-house-or-wear-it-product. This is the first time that my name will be attached to a product I designed, and I am beyond excited that it is a wallpaper line. I wrote a list of products that I wanted to design when I became an independent designer, and wallpaper was numero uno. It was also the one thing on the list that I thought would never happen. There are so few companies that make modern wallpaper. What were the chances that I would get to work with one of them? Not very likely. I am so pleased that Hygge & West (numero uno choice in the numero uno category of wallpaper) wanted to work with me! Christiana and Aimee are awesome, and I am feelin pretty lucky today. Check out Hygge & West to see my whole collection, and my friend and fellow SCAD Fibers alumni, Emily Isabella's new collection too. 

(all images from Hygge & West)