Just Arrived! The 4th Edition of the UPPERCASE MAGAZINE Surface Pattern Design Guide! And UnBlink Studio Is Included!
Issue #49 of UPPERCASE MAGAZINE just arrived at my door! This issue contains the 4th Edition of the Surface Pattern Design Guide profiling 100 surface pattern designers (over 850 designers submitted over 5000 patterns in all)! With THANKS to Janine, I'm honoured to be included in the Guide! If you don't yet subscribe to this magazine (my favourite), maybe you should...At the very least, try to find Issue #49 to see profiles of all the chosen 100 pattern designers and TONS of inspiring pattern design info and gorgeous pics!
Something a little more soft and delicate for this week's Spoonflower "Wild Grasses" Design Challenge! I entered the first earthy pink one, but see it in a couple of other colourways too below, all available in my Spoonflower Shop on fabrics, wallpaper and home decor, of course!
Link to the Voting Page and my Spoonflower Shop!
Escape to a Tropical Locale Every time You Take a Work Break! This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge: "Break Room Wallpaper"!
Do you wish you could ESCAPE to a colourful tropical locale every time you took a break at work (if, of course, you are not working from home right now)? Here is my entry for this week's Spoonflower "Break Room Wallpaper" Design Challenge! The winning wallpaper design will be installed in the break rooms in the new US Spoonflower factory! .
AND SALE ALERT! Spoonflower is offering 15% OFF Wallpaper Rolls until tomorrow Friday April 2 2021! Link to the Voting Page to check out all the entries!
And my Spoonflower Shop where you can find this pattern not only on wallpaper, but also on fabric and home decor in both a Small- and Large-Scales!
ADDENDUM: This design placed in the Top 50 of the Spoonflower "Break Room Wallpaper" Design Challenge (actually #61 out of 782 entries taking into account ties)! Thanks to all who voted for it!
A few months ago, the City of Victoria (my hometown) put out a call to local artists to submit proposals for the "Storefronts Exhibition Program" Public Art Project to animate vacant commercial spaces in the Downtown core. To keep the project safer this year due to the pandemic, rather than site-specific installations, they requested patterned designs to cover vacant storefronts with vinyl wrap (just up my alley, right?!). Happily, my "Dream" design was chosen and has now been installed at 1420 Douglas St. (near Pandora Ave.)! If you find yourself in Downtown Victoria and happen to pass by it, please do take a photo and tag me!
READ MORE about this Public Art Project, including my Artist Statement!
I think this is true, whether you give it or receive it! Something I'm trying to remember myself...
This brand new lettering design is still available to license. Just CONTACT ME if you have any questions!
I recently re-coloured my FOLLY Series of Art Prints (3 in all, check them out in my Portfolio) using pastels, warm neutrals and a gorgeous dark blue. Then I thought if I adapted them into a repeat pattern, they would be PERFECT to enter in this week's Spoonflower "From My Window" Design Challenge! So now you can essentially get all 3-Prints-In-One together on fabric, wallpaper and home decor! I entered the this Dark Blue version, but couldn't resist also adding a Black version too. Both colours are available in my Spoonflower Shop in both Large- and Small-Scale versions.
Check out this week's Voting Page and my Spoonflower Shop.
AND DON'T FORGET! Spoonflower is offering 15% OFF 1+ yards/meters of Select Quilting Cottons but only until tomorrow Friday March 26 2021!
WATCH OUT! The Akkorokamui Might Get You...This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge: "Cryptozoology"!
To quote from one of my favourite 90’s TV Shows: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE...
For this week's Spoonflower "Cryptozoology" Design Challenge, I decided to make a design featuring the Akkorokamui, a giant octopus sea monster believed by the Ainu people to live off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan, and feared by local fishermen. Given the subject matter, I tried to give this design a Japanese-style graphic design feel!
Check it out at the Voting Page and in my Spoonflower Shop!
FYI: Cryptozoology is the study of creatures, called cryptids, whose existence has not been scientifically proven or disproven (other examples: the Loch Ness Monster, the Yeti, Sasquatch or Chupacabra!) Cue: X-FILES theme music...
An old (and very creative!) school mate that I connected with again at my 35th high school reunion (yes, 35th!) recently asked me if I had any bicycle patterns on fabric. Sadly, I didn't, but it stuck in my mind so I created this design for her and made it available in my Spoonflower Shop on fabric, wallpaper and home decor. I call it "My Bike" because I remember how much I loved my bike when I was a kid (remember those tassels?) I wasn't sure what colours she wanted, so I created it in two nostalgic colourways: Mod Red and Black and Pastel Pink and Brown (she chose the first Mod Red and Black colourway!) I invite you to check out my Spoonflower Shop to shop hundreds of my designs on fabric, wallpaper and home decor!
For Art Directors and Licensees: This design is still available to license! Please contact me for info.
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Boardsports" and here is my entry, called "Stoked" (surfers will know what that means!) available on fabrics, wallpaper and home decor in both Small- and Large-Scale versions. My husband has taken up surfing in his...ahem...later years and luckily we are blessed with some nearby popular surfing spots here on Vancouver Island that surfers will know: Sombrio, Jordan River and more famously, Tofino! And IF the 2020+1 Tokyo Olympics goes ahead this year in some form, we will look forward to watching Surfing when it makes its Olympic debut! Check out the Voting Page And my Spoonflower Shop for many, many more of my designs!
DIY Update for Passover on the Spoonflower Blog Using Fabrics from Spoonflower (Including My "Modern Chintz" Design)!
In this informative post, Spoonflower employees and mother-daughter duo, Isabel and Ace, discuss Passover traditions, share how they will be celebrating Passover this year, and provide DIY instructions for making Matzah Covers and Afikomen Bags for your Passover Seder. This year they decided to update their traditions using fabrics from Spoonflower and compiled their own Passover Collection of designs, including my "Modern Chintz" fabric which they used for the napkins pictured below. I love how the designs they chose all coordinate together beautifully!
Check out the full Spoonflower Blog post (March 8 2021) where you can find a link to my "Modern Chintz" design, and my Spoonflower Shop for more of my designs!
Also pictured here fabrics by: wren_leyland on the Matzah Cover, ivieclothco on the Tablecloth, and taranealart and schatzibrown on Pillows (all have Shops on Spoonflower).
Because it's full of fruits, curvy florals and pastel colours, I entered my "Fruitastical" pattern in this week's Spoonflower "Rococo" Design Challenge! Nothing says "Spring" more to me than this design so I thought it was timely! It is now available in my Spoonflower Shop in both Small- and Large-Scale versions on all kinds of fabrics, wallpaper and home decor!
AND MAKERS TAKE NOTE! All Fat Quarters are still 50% OFF on Spoonflower but only until tomorrow Friday March 5 2021. Stock up now, sew later!
Check out my Spoonflower Shop and the Voting Page!
I first discovered the ANKH, the Egyptian hieroglyph meaning "life" on a months-long trip to Egypt many years ago while visiting tombs, the Great Pyramids and the Temples of Luxor, Karnak and Abu Simbel amongst many others. Because ancient Egyptians believed that one's life on Earth is just a part of eternal life, the ANKH hieroglyph has come to also symbolize "Everlasting Life". It was because of this meaning and my love of Egypt, that I decided to get this symbol as my only tattoo (so far). So when I saw that this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Talismans", I immediately knew that the Ankh would be the one I would use for my design. Here is my entry, coloured to emulate ancient scrolls! It's now available on fabric, wallpaper and home decor in my Spoonflower Shop! And check out the entries at the Voting Page!
This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge: "Patchwork"...I Had a Hard Time Deciding Which Design to Enter!
If you are following along, you probably know that I've been recently designing patterns inspired by patchwork, so I was delighted to see that this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Patchwork"! I had a hard time deciding which of my recent patchwork-inspired designs to enter, but I decided on my "Palm Canyon" pattern because I love the colours and it was inspired by memories of a crazy trip I took with my now-hubby to Joshua Tree National Park many years ago! Check out all the entries at the Voting Page (a whopping 1115 of them!) and head over to my Spoonflower Shop to see all the designs I have made available to purchase on fabric, wallpaper and home decor!
February 12 marks the beginning of the YEAR OF THE OX! According to one source, people born in ox years are hard workers, intelligent, reliable and honest, but never demand praise or look to be the centre of attention. Apparently, they rarely lose their temper and make great leaders! Are you an OX?! If you are, you should know that this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Year of the Ox"! Here is my entry. I thought I would give this astrology sign a bit of an Escher spin, and it gave me an excuse to use that gorgeous bright red (not that I really need an excuse)! It's now available in my Spoonflower Shop on all kinds of fabric, wallpaper and home decor.
And be sure to check out all the designs at the Voting Page! So, although I know celebrations will be different this year, Kung Hei Fat Choy all the same! .
Pantone Colors of the Year 2021 Feature in This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge: "Yellow and Gray"!
Here is my newest collection of fabric designs which I'm calling "Majolica" named after the gorgeous decorative pottery tradition! It includes some damask-inspired florals in vases and a geometric pattern in the 2021 Pantone Colors of the Year, "Illuminating" and "Dark Gray". I'm hoping to add more to this collection, but thought you might like to see it so far! I've entered the design on the left, called "Jardiniere" in this week's Spoonflower "Yellow and Gray" Design Challenge (closeup below too!) Thanks to all who let me know which design they thought I should enter! Check out this week's Spoonflower Voting Page!
AND FABRIC SALE ALERT! All these fabrics are now available in my Spoonflower Shop in this yellow/gray colour way and in a turquoise/gray colour way in two sizes. AND Spoonflower is offering 15% OFF on yards/meters of Petal Signature Cotton until tomorrow FRI Jan 29 2021! Link to my Spoonflower Shop!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio