I’ve been checking out Spoonflower this week. The site is WONderFUL! They help surface pattern designers make their art come alive by printing it onto fabric, wall paper or gift wrap. I created a pattern a while back for my Dad’s camper, Sunshine. Here is the pattern and a sample of the fabric that they sent me.
You can also see other designers and order their fabric as well. Here are three designers that got my attention this week. The first designer is Kate Rhees from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has some amazing patterns. Here is just one of them. Check out her site for more beautiful images.
Francesca Besso from Italy also has some colorful patterns. Here is an AWEsome one for all you mathematicians.
The third artist is Honey Brown from British Columbia. I love this holiday pattern.
In addition to printing, Spoonflower holds contests for designers. I would encourage everyone to check it out if haven’t already. The upcoming contests include: watercolor power tools, sandcastles and hedgehogs.
This week Surtex is happening in NYC. Surtex is the premier event for selling and licensing original art and design. This year it is on May 17-19 at the Jacob K. Javits convention center. They are anticipating having over 6,000 attendees from all over the world. Some day I would love to have my artwork there, being represented by an agent. Here are a couple of the artists that are being shown there that caught my eye when I was browsing the participants from my warm bed in Santa Cruz.
Jenn Ski’s beautiful collection called Tiki Tok. She has such a wonderful mid century feel to all of her designs. Check out her website.
Irene Chan’s super cute children’s designs is below. Her designs are fun and playful. Check out her website Eneri, which is Irene spelled backwards.
Below is an illustration from Helen Dardik’s. Her blog is called Orange you Lucky. Super cute with tons of bright colors. Here is her website.
This week I thought I would share my house with you. I live in Happy Valley in Santa Cruz on a 200 acre pear and apple orchard and rent the original farm house that has hard wood floors and great views down the valley to the ocean. Here are some pictures I took this week of the interior of our house.
corner of the bedroom
art room with my nan’s sewing table
Ethan, our grandson, his corner of the living room
We’re in the second week of the third pattern design class at the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. This module is Monetizing Your Designs. We’ve been learning about freelancing, licensing, and manufacturing. Lots of GREAT information and I highly recommend all three modules.
The 2016/2017 Autumn/Winter trend report at PatternBank is out and available. 2017 is looking like there will be lots of lovely colors and I love the patchwork patterns. You can buy a copy of the report on their website.
Been working on a pattern for Pattern Mash and was featured on their website along with other designers. Here is the pattern, which I would love to make into a tea towel.
Does anyone have any recommendations on manufacturers for tea towels in the US?
It’s been a fantastic week, lots happening in happy valley. The garden is in now. We’re having a drought, so it will be interesting to see how I can water less, but still have a small garden.
Also, got news last week that my hex sign art was chosen to be featured at a local store called Stripe Men. It’s an awesome store in downtown Santa Cruz right off Pacific Ave for men decorated in mid century furniture and vintage items. They provide an inspirational playground for customers to find products from some of the best local talent, like me ;) The art show is on Friday, December 4 from 5-9 PM and the art will be on display and for sale through out December. Super EXCITING. Everyone is invited.
Lastly, I am super stoked to be featured a couple weeks ago on a blog called a Daily Dose of Pattern. Check out may pattern and if you like patterns, check out Esther Bley’s patterns. She does some really lovely work.