work in progress

I’ve been working on some collage pieces this weekend. Here are the WIPs.

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Black Flowers WIP

What have you been up to this weekend?

kyrrha

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tribute to rex ray

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.

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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.

Photo from Rex Ray's FaceBook.

Photo from Rex Ray’s FaceBook.

You will be missed Rex.

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

surface pattern design

I just started taking Module 2, Creating Your Professional Identity a Pattern Design class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. The class has been super fun and it is packed with information.

The first week was all about collections. I learned the difference between a collection and coordinates. A collection is several main patterns that are held together in some cohesive way. For example you could have a collection that has the same set of colors.  Below is a lovely collection by monaluna. I’m looking forward to creating collections.

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Coordinates usually have one main pattern and several elements or motifs of that pattern blown out. I’ve been creating coordinates. Here is an example of one of my coordinates. The main pattern is on the far left. The others are coordinates along with stripes.

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I also learned how to use the masking tool in PhotoShop and am now able to put my designs on product mock ups. It’s pretty fun and addictive.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

 

pocket note books & hex signs

I’ve got hex signs and pocket notebooks for sale in my etsy shop. The hex signs are 15 x 15 on reclaimed wood. The pocket notebooks were watercolor paintings that I turned into a repeat pattern and have them created into journals. They were inspired by the birds I see here in happy valley and my own imagination.

The journals are printed in full color on 100% acid free recycled paper interior and exterior covers, the pocket size journal is the perfect addition for your commute or travel bag. They are $12 plus shipping.
Each pocket journal is handcrafted with care in the USA.

  • Dimensions: 3.5” l x 1/8” w x 5.5” h; 0.1 lb
  • 48 pages of blank, lined, grid, or checklist page inserts.
  • Printed in full color bleed on 100% acid free recycled paper; hand made in the USA.
Let me know if you would like it blank, lined, grid, or checklist page inserts.

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Have a GREAT week.

k

 

surface pattern design, week five

The last couple weeks I’ve shared that I was taking a Pattern Design Class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton and that for the next five weeks, I’d be posting about my experience with Module 1 Designing Your Way.

This is the last week of Module 1 and it’s been all about patterns! We’ve learned about designing coordinating pieces, patterns for products and designing your own stationery.

Below is a pattern I created from our iron table on the porch. It makes this oval pattern. Which color do you like?

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Happy Thanksgiving and have a great week!

k

surface pattern design, week four

The last couple weeks I’ve shared that I was taking a Pattern Design Class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton and that for the next five weeks, I’d be posting about my experience with Module 1 Designing Your Way.

This week and next week are all about pattern – how to create pattern, how to layer and create texture, and how to do box repeats. For the box repeats, we first started out doing them by hand. I took some of my paint chips and carefully placed them on the edges, mirroring each side as a seamless repeat pattern would occur. Then I simply scattered the rest in the center. Viola, a box repeat. Seemed easy by hand with an object that was symmetrical. We’ll see when we get to more complicated shapes and on the computer.

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This week I also received my first pattern printed on cotton from Spoonflower. You can purchase it by the yard, as wall paper or as gift wrap here.  I was ecstatic. Here it is a photo of a fat quarter.

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In addition to all that fun, I was totally EXCITED to find out that my pattern was trending at Spoonflower on their Recent Trends list.  Super fun week!

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What have you been up to this week?

k

 

surface pattern design, week three

The last couple weeks I’ve shared that I was taking a Pattern Design Class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton and that for the next five weeks, I’d be posting about my experience with Module 1 Designing Your Way.

This week was all about color. Oh do I love color! We’ve been encouraged to wear color this week and avoid black. It’s been hard to do, but I see the difference in my mood when I’m decked out in color. Upon looking in my closet, I’ve discovered that I have very little patterned clothing and it all seems to be in either black or in fall colors like browns and oranges. I sometimes wonder how I can love pattern so much, but I don’t wear it.

I’ve been having so much FUN, learning about how to create color keys from photos, how to create mood boards in 3d and online in Pinterest, and how to use these as inspirations for our patterns. Can you say FUN!

See my color key below for Rex Rey’s beautiful collage.

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Here is a 3D moodboard I created.

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Here are the patterns that I’ve been drawn to check them out here.

Lastly, we’ve been introduced to trending. Wow, what a great job it would be to research and follow color trends. I can’t wait until Module 2 and 3 where we learn how to create a professional color trend.

Have a great week!

k

surface pattern design, week two

Last week I shared that I was taking a Pattern Design Class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton and that for the next five weeks, I’d be posting about my experience with Module 1 Designing Your Way.

Well this week has been about mark making and adding color in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. It has been so much fun. Here is a piece that I’m working on today. Do you like it with the strip or without?

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Below are some other students in the class that are blogging about their experiences. Check out their great work!

Have a GREAT week!

k