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.
One of my favorite artists died this week, Rex Ray. He lived in San Francisco and was known for his 1960s-inspired paintings, which were often psychedelic and filled with bright colors. Ray also designed concert posters for the Rolling Stones, U2, REM, and Radiohead. Here are some of my favorite pieces of art including his wood panels. You can find more of his art on his website.
Ray had shown work at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, University Art Museum in Berkeley, San Jose Museum of Modern Art, The Crocker Museum in Sacramento, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, and Cheryl Haines Gallery.
In 2013, he was commissioned to do a mural for the barricade covering the construction of the new Levi’s flagship store on Market Street in San Francisco. I just love his use of bright colors and that he did collage too.