My Entry for This Week's Spoonflower "Dark Academia" Design Challenge: "Cabinet of Curiosities" and a Fun Coordinate!
My new pattern design "Cabinet of Curiosities" is my take on this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge theme: "Dark Academia". I really had a hard time trying to decide what to do for this one (I think I spent a day staring at a sketchbook, sketching, then flipping the page, repeat...) But one of the suggestions for topics was "specimens", which made me think of Cabinets of Curiosities, giving me an excuse to draw all kinds of fun little oddities and use dark moody colours! AND I thought it would also be a fun option for Halloween projects too (after all, it has animal skulls, jars of eyeballs, bones, spiders, claw hands...)!
Voting for this Challenge opens today Thursday July 28 2022. Check out all the entries and maybe vote for my entry (!) at the Voting Page HERE! Voting closes Tuesday Aug 2 at 3:00 EDT!
And you can go to my Spoonflower Shop and check out this design which is now available on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes!
And of course I couldn't help adding a fun simple coordinate to pair with this design! My "Cabinet of Curiosities Eyeballs Coordinate" is also now available in my Spoonflower Shop (see below)!
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "1970s Throw Pillows" and here is my entry, "Dreamscape"! OF COURSE I couldn't resist trying out this design in a bunch of other colourways too (see below), but I did end up entering the first Coral Orange version.
Check out all the entries at the Voting Page. Voting ends Tuesday July 26 and winners will be revealed on July 28!
And if you want to see my Spoonflower Shop, CLICK HERE! This design in all these colours is available on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor! Stay tuned for more colourways too!
I've entered my "Corfu" design in this week's Spoonflower "Cheerful Checks" Design Challenge! This design and it's colour combination were inspired by a trip I took a long time ago to that Greek island! If you would like to see all the entries and vote (and I would love your vote!), you can link to the Voting Page HERE! Voting closes next Tuesday July 19 2022!
And this design is now available in my Spoonflower Shop on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes! Check out my Spoonflower Shop HERE!
Designing With Just ONE Colour? My Entry in This Week's Spoonflower "Monochrome Moments" Design Challenge!
I've entered my "Jaipur" floral pattern design in this week's Spoonflower "Monochrome Moments" Design Challenge! The idea behind this challenge was to choose a "Base Colour" and create a design using only Tints (colour + white), Shades (colour + black) or Tones (colour + gray) of that colour! At first, I had some consternation...How could I create a design using only ONE colour?! But I ended up choosing this beautiful Scarlet Red for the challenge (and I couldn't resist adding this design to my Spoonflower Shop in some other colours too!) If you did this challenge, which Base Colour would you choose (you have to choose just one)?! Check out the Voting Page to see all the entries!
AND If you are interested, Spoonflower is offering 25% OFF All WALLPAPER Rolls until Sunday July 10 2022! You can link to my BEST SELLERS directly HERE!
Wallpaper pictured above is the "Large-Scale" version of this design! It also comes in a Small- and Medium-Scale version too!
How Do You Interpret "Abstract" In Art and Design? My Answer Is Featured in Issue #54 of Uppercase Magazine!
Just after returning from my month-long road trip down the West Coast (fantastic trip, btw), Issue #54 of Uppercase Magazine (July/Aug/Sept 2022) arrived in the mail! I love it when this magazine arrives! This Issue is all about Abstract Art and Design, and my answer to the question, "How do you personally define or interpret 'abstract' in art and design?" was included, together with my "Flow" pattern design. Thanks to Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine for including me in this Issue, it's so inspiring!
And if you can't read what I wrote from the above photo, here is my answer to the question:
For me, “abstract” art and design begins with a representation of something, whether physical (like flowers or a landscape) or intangible (like love or protest). In other words, it is not non-representational. Sometimes, the subject might be only slightly stylized, so a viewer requires little imagination to understand what it is. On the other hand, the image might be so “abstracted” as to be initially unrecognizable. But in all cases, I think abstraction requires pulling out those essential characteristics or the essence of a subject; then, maybe when the title is revealed or after contemplation, there is an “ah ha” moment when the observer gains an understanding of the artwork’s meaning. As a pattern designer, I try to reduce motifs in my abstract patterns to just their essential shapes and colours, while trying to ensure they are still recognizable for what they are.
Be sure to check out my newest collaboration with Colombia-based REDFLAG SWIMWEAR! Several of my print designs have been included in their newest Collection of swimwear for Adults, Juniors and Kids! I am especially happy they chose some of my most fun and colourful designs! Check out the REDFLAG SWIMWEAR Shop!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio