spring/summer 2016 colors

I just completed 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.

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As part of the this module we got access to WGSN, trend forecasting services. The website is packed with tons of information such as image libraries, design libraries, clip art, forecasting, color tools, image library, design tools, market intelligence, and MORE! I highly recommend check it out.

Here is a sneak peak at the spring/summer 2016 colors.

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I like them muted and soft. I’ll have to put together a pattern with these colors.

What have you been up to this week?

k

spoonflower

Hello and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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.

Dots Galore

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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.

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Kate Rhees

Francesca Besso from Italy also has some colorful patterns. Here is an AWEsome one for all you mathematicians.

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Francesca Besso

The third artist is Honey Brown from British Columbia. I love this holiday pattern.

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Honey Brown

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.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

k

monetizing your designs

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.

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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.

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Does anyone have any recommendations on manufacturers for tea towels in the US?

What have you been up to this week?

Kyrrha

butterflies

I’ve been obsessed with spring life and have been drawing bees, butterflies and beetles. Last weekend it rained and was a chilly 60 degrees. I had a fire and painted.

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Here are some of my butterfly sketches.

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Here are the watercolor versions.

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Here is the pattern I made of all of them.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

pattern making and beetles

Folks have been asking how I go about creating patterns. It starts first with an inspiration, which I usually find on my walks on the 200 acre orchard I live on in Happy Valley.

Lately I’ve been inspired by spring and all the wild life and flowers, in particular beetles. I first start by sketching. I gather ideas and inspiration from pictures on the web or pictures I have taken. Here is an original sketch of the beetles from my sketchbook.

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Then I sketch them on watercolor paper and watercolor them. Here is an example of two of the finished pieces. I can also use these finished watercolors to make cards and other lovely gifts.

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I then scan each individual beetle and place them in a repeat pattern in Photoshop. Below is the final repeat pattern that can be placed on any surface curtains, wrapping paper, iPhone cases, calendars, cards, etc.

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Here is an iPhone case that I had made with the pattern.

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If you are interested in having a product created with  my patterns, let me know. Check out my website and see all the patterns that I have available.

What have you been up to this week?

k

week four – branding and style

Currently in week four of Module 2, Creating Your Professional Identity a pattern design class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. I’m starting to feel sad that this class will be over next week.

This week we’ve been learning about branding and typography. It’s been fun to think about logos, my style of patterns and incorporating type. Below are some attempts to group my patterns to see if I can begin to describe my style.  I’m thinking that my patterns can best be described as abstract, colorful, hand drawn, and fun. What do you think? What do you feel when you view my patterns? Let me know below in my comments.

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Have a wonderful week.

k

trending and tints

Currently in week three of Module 2, Creating Your Professional Identity a pattern design class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton.

We’ve been learning about trends and why it’s important to keep your eye on the pulse of trend information. Learning about some fabulous resources like WGSN. Would love to some day visit a tradeshows like Surtex, Top Drawer, or Pulse.

I also learned about tints and had fun with some circles in Ai.

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What are you up to this week?

k