This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge: "Microscopic Worlds"! AND Happy Thanksgiving to my American Friends!
Here is my "Little Charms" design that I've entered in this week's Spoonflower "Microscopic Worlds" Design Challenge! It was inspired by the little gnome houses that I run by in my neighbourhood (scroll down to see a pic!) I'm sure kids must love playing here and I tried to keep that playful feeling in this design.
Check out the Voting Page to see all the entries, and have a look at my Spoonflower Shop! Something to inspire your imagination. AND Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends, all the best.
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OH THE NOSTALGIA! When my kids were a bit younger we played lots and lots of tabletop games: Sorry!, Labyrinth (our favourite!), Clue, Blokus, Monopoly, Scrabble, Life, Yahtzee, Othello, Battleship, Carcassonne...Now that they're older teens, it's pretty hard to get them to sit down and play with their...parents. But we still bring a duffle bag full of games on driving vacations and always have fun playing in the evenings! And now I don't feel like I have to let them win!
So for this week's Spoonflower "Game Night" Design Challenge, I entered this abstract geometric design (the first one on the dark blue background) that emulates all those board game tracks with playing pieces. If you would like to see all the entries, check out the Voting Page! AND all 3 colour ways below are now available on fabric, wallpaper and other home decor items in my Spoonflower Shop!
I am honoured that once again my SHOP has been included in the November 2020 Issue of "the world's most influential design and decoration magazine" The World of Interiors Magazine! This time, my "Jardin-Gladiolus" fine art print is pictured in the Design Report (#22 on Page 169)! It can be purchased HERE along with the other art prints in my Abstract Floral Collection!
If you want to check out my SHOP, click here!
"Wild & Precious Conversations" Podcast! Listen to My Conversation with The Underbelly Project (Nov 5 2020)
I invite you to listen to the conversation I had with the wonderful Wendy of The Underbelly Project on the "Wild & Precious Conversations" Podcast (episode went live Nov 5 2020)! We talk about how I managed to start being creative again as a young mother, and to make creativity a permanent fixture in my life. We also discuss the on-going hard work it takes to be a licensed surface pattern designer, illustrator and artist, and how I keep on track, motivated and true to myself. We laugh a lot, and I hope you will too! Have a listen, and let me know what you want to add to the conversation!
Link to the Podcast here, or get "Wild & Precious Conversations" on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or anywhere else you get your podcasts!
My Entry in this Week's Spoonflower "Snail Mail" Design Challenge! And Spoonflower Sale Alert: All Fat Quarters are 50% OFF until Friday Nov 6 2020!
Here is my entry for this week's Spoonflower "Snail Mail" Design Challenge! I just love the doodle-y feel to this and it makes me want to keep on doodling...I had a hard time deciding which one to enter, but after taking a poll, I decided to enter the first version on the dark background. It is also available on a light background and in a pink/purple pastel colour way (all are available in my Spoonflower Shop!)
Do you think I entered the right one?!
And I might get that blanket for myself, hey, my birthday is coming soon!
Check out all the entries at the VOTING PAGE and you can shop all 3 versions in my SPOONFLOWER SHOP!
DON'T FORGET: Spoonflower's 50% OFF all FAT QUARTERS SALE is still on until tomorrow Friday Nov 6 2020!
My New Calico and Elemental Series' of Art Prints are Featured in the Print & Pattern Blog (October 27 2020)!
I am honoured that my brand new Calico Series and Elemental Series of fine art prints have been featured in the internationally-renowned Print & Pattern Blog (October 27 2020)! For those of you who don't know, this Blog celebrates the world of surface pattern design and consistently ranks as one of the top design blogs in the world. Thanks to Marie Perkins (aka Bowie Style) for featuring my new work once again!
You can purchase these prints in my Online Shop!
I entered my “Book Stacks” design in this week’s Spoonflower “Cozy Reading” Design Challenge. When I started this design the shelves made me think of Dutch abstract artist Mondrian so I decided to channel his famous colours (plus a few others just because!) What do you think, does this remind you of Mondrian’s art?!
Check out all the designs at the Voting Page!
...And don’t forget...Spoonflower is still offering FREE STANDARD SHIPPING on everything worldwide until Friday Oct 30 2020!! I have over 300 designs in my Spoonflower Shop, so I invite you to check them out!
I've just finished my new "Elemental" Series of art prints which includes EARTH, WATER, AIR and FIRE! These archival-quality fine art prints are now available in my online SHOP in two sizes, 8"x10" and 16"x20". Do you have a favourite? I would very much like to know! If you are interested in following along with my process, be sure to sign up for my NEWSLETTER soon because I will be revealing a bit about how I created these designs in my November 2020 Newsletter (and if you do sign up, you can get 10% OFF your first purchase in my Shop!) Sign up for my Newsletter HERE, and click the pics below to purchase in my Shop!
This is my entry for this week's Spoonflower "Vintage Travel Tea Towel" Design Challenge! I spent the better part of several years traveling around the world when I was a bit (ahem) younger and one of my favourite things to do was to set out on a wander and get a bit lost in a new, interesting, mystifying city that maybe I didn't fully understand but, oh the discoveries! So rather than pick a specific destination, I designed this with those wanderings in mind...
Now with kids, my husband and I have had the good fortune over the years of taking them on new adventures...Hopefully we'll be doing that again in a not-too-distant future, but maybe by then they will be having adventures on their own!
Check out all the entries at the Voting Page!
Read About my Newest Calico Series of Art Prints in this Weekend's Uppercase Magazine All About You Newsletter!
Check out this weekend's Uppercase All About You Newsletter for a mention of my newest Calico Series of art prints inspired by patchwork, tiles, fabric samplers and collages (and how I envision them in repeat as wallpaper)! Thanks to Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine for including me!
My Calico Series has 2 co-ordinating fine art prints that are now available in my Shop in 2 sizes: 8"x10" and 16"x20"! Check them out in my Shop!
Once again, my online SHOP has been included in the Design Report (#37 on Page 333) in the October 2020 Issue of the prestigious The World of Interiors Magazine. The Design Report features a curated range of designers and artists and it is a great honour to me to be asked to participate again (I was also in included in the September 2020 Issue as well!
If you want to check out my SHOP, click here!
I wasn't going to enter a design in this week's Spoonflower "ABCs of...Tea Towel" Design Challenge, but then I changed my mind when I came up with the idea for this "Geometric ABCs" design. It was a bit of a rush but I managed to finish it on time! I think it will make a great art print too...If you would like to see all the entries for this week's challenge, and maybe stock up on Christmas presents (!) you can link to the Voting Page and to my Spoonflower Shop too! Voting ends Oct 6 at 3:00 EDT!
ADDENDUM: My Geometric ABCs came in 27th out of 437 entries! Thanks to all who voted!
Thought it would be fun to post my Christmas/holiday/winter submissions for the 2020 Winter Design Comp put on by Proworks Bottles (actually, I haven't submitted all of them yet, but I will soon!) Some of my submissions are more traditional, some less so. Which ones are your favourites?
*Template provided by Proworks Bottles.
I've entered my "Festive Poinsettia" bouquets in this week's Spoonflower "Maximalist Holiday" Design Challenge! Although I designed this for a Christmas past I thought it would be absolutely perfect for this week's challenge. What do you think, is it "maximalist"? It might seem a bit early for Christmas, but if you're a sewist or maker you just might want to start ordering your holiday fabrics! Check out the Voting Page for this challenge and get inspired!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio