November 13, 2018
November 4, 2018
I’m still going strong creating new patterns and putting together new collections. My Zazzle shop is finally looking a little more “full” (if an online shop can be full) – and I have so many new sources of inspiration that I can’t wait to pull out the paints and pens and get some new elements done. The past two weeks have been devoted to using up some of the elements I created earlier this year – kind of like cleaning out the digital closet.
There are so many elements that I have created over this past year and it’s a matter of figuring out how to use them best. That’s really the fun part of the process. For instance, the photo on the left is a few lilies I drew while on vacation this summer. This past weekend, I finally finished a collection based on those lilies – and I added a few branches and leaves to a few coordinating prints. That’s coming out in December (according to my Instagram schedule).
While we’re on the subject of Instagram, how about giving me a follow? I post a new design every day…
October 1, 2018
I am a pattern designer who creates home decor textiles that appeal to both men and women. I love floral prints, but it didn’t seem fair to make my husband wake up to pink peonies every day. Because of that, I designed my own line of home decor fabrics and they are for sale on Zazzle.com. There are shower curtains and bath accessory sets with coordinating prints that are suitable for both men and women. I even have a category for “shower curtains for men” and “bedding for men”.
Just click on the link and get browsing!
August 26, 2018
My Instagram blew up today – and I just wish I knew why!
I changed more than one thing, so figuring this out will be a challenge:
- I found some home decorating influencers and followed three of them last night. Around 9 p.m., new followers started to appear on my Instagram account.
- I reorganized my Tumblr blog and updated those links.
- I posted a work in progress shot yesterday, and although it didn’t explode with likes, it did happen prior to the new follower wave.
So I posted a thank you on Instagram, linked my Tumblr blog to twitter and facebook, and narrowed down my brand color palette. All in all, I moved forward.
August 21, 2018
The Summer of Creativity continues…I finished two (yes, two) collections today inspired by East African textiles. The first is rich earth tones and gorgeous stripes with leaf and diamond motifs – the second is neutral tones inspired by mud cloth. I’m so in love with both collections – but I’m even more in love with the process. I started by getting out the good ol’ Micron pens and sketching some very free motifs. I used some art-nouveau jewelry as inspiration – and then went to town in Corel Painter and Paintshop Pro. I can’t wait to finalize them and get them posted.
August 6, 2018
I just got back from vacation and am excited to release the Beach Rose Collection this week. I took a day to tighten up some coordinates and then get all of the images ready for posting. Now, if only I could come up with a solid marketing strategy…but maybe that’s next week’s project. Here’s a sneak peak at the collection:
The other prints (the blue ones) will be their own collection – also coming soon – but I need to finish working out where I’ll post the rest of the prints from the green & pink one. I think they turned out lovely. I’m still happily working my way through the Textile Design Lab courses so I’m sure I’ll have several more collections coming in the next months!
July 28, 2018
What an awesome week! One of the patterns from my Cape Cod Beach Rose collection was chosen to be included on the Pattern Observer Blog (check it out here) and another print from that collection was chosen for the weekly highlight for the Flower Art group on Redbubble (check that out here). This was officially the first collection I ever worked on and to have two different patterns chosen is amazing.
I can’t wait to show you what I’m working on next.
July 24, 2018
I’m completely over the moon today. I just found out that I’m going to be featured on the blog for the Textile Design Lab tomorrow because of the “Beach Rose Collection” posted below. I can’t even describe how awesome this feels because not only have I been completely delighted by the courses on Textile Design Lab, but I’ve been super efficient as a result of all of the inspiration and techniques that I’ve learned about. This has been the most important thing I’ve done for my art career. Best. Investment. Ever.
July 22, 2018
OMG – I created my first ever “collection” thanks to the Textile Design Lab’s Summer of Creativity! I’m super excited with this – my process has changed, my outlook has changed, my creative muscles are flexed. I’m really jazzed – can you tell?
July 20, 2018
I’ve been working my way through the Textile Design Lab Course “Summer of Creativity” and the first inspirational place was Cape Cod. Since I’ve worked with seascapes, seashells, and sea life so many times, I set myself an additional challenge to work with just nautical motifs. Being a North Shore girl, I immediately thought of lobster buoys and fishing nets – so here’s my trio of funky prints (totally out of my style, but that was part of the adventure).
July 19, 2018
A whole new look!
I’ve been super busy this summer designing, and since I wasn’t 100% happy with the look of this blog (for those of you who’ve followed for a long time, you know it’s my sixth revision) I decided to change the format. New blog posts will appear here, and the main page will be devoted to new designs. I have some new pattern and print collections I’ll be debuting soon and some retiring patterns that will be limited time only specials on a few of the sites I work with. Those deals will be posted on a separate page titled “Special Offers”.