Okay, this one is just for FUN! Here is my "Soup Cans" entry for this week's Spoonflower "Lilla Rogers Vintage Canned Goods" Design Challenge! I had Pop Art in mind for this one with maybe some Y2K colours thrown in too for good measure! Although you can still vote in this one, the First Place winner will be chosen by art agent Lilla Rogers. Vote this Challenge and check out THIS DESIGN in my Spoonflower Shop!
SALE ALERT for Quilters, Sewists and Makers! Petal Signature Cotton Fabrics are ON SALE 20% OFF at Spoonflower until tomorrow Friday January 21 2022!
LAST Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge: "Adventure Block Prints"! I Know, I Know, I'm a Little Late...
I just realized I missed posting about my new "Birds Flying Higher" pattern design which I entered in LAST week's Spoonflower "Adventure Block Prints" Design Challenge. But I wanted to tell you a bit of the story behind this design, so thought I would post about it now even though voting is now closed. Don't worry, this design in 2 colours and several sizes is now available in my Spoonflower Shop on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor! Just click the design images below and you can link directly to them in my Spoonflower Shop!
So here's a bit about this new design...Made of metal with a handle on the back, Indonesian "caps" or "tjaps" (see above) are typically dipped into hot wax and hand-stamped onto lengths of fabrics to create a resist design. Once the fabric is dyed, the hot wax is removed leaving gorgeous batik fabrics. I think these tjaps are works of art in themselves and this one (it’s one of a mirror-image pair) which I purchased in Indonesia many years ago, was the inspiration for my "Birds Flying Higher" pattern design (see below)!
When the 2022 Pantone Color of the Year "Very Peri" was announced, I knew I'd have to try it out on my popular "Eucalyptus" floral pattern! The first pic shows Very Peri as the background with Lavender, Light Teal and Gray in the flowers. THEN I had to try using it in a completely different way: Very Peri petals with Green, Brown and Pink Purple on a dramatic Anthracite (Pantone's name!) background. I LOVE PURPLE!
I've just added these new colourways to my Spoonflower Shop, now available on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in both a Large and Small Scale.
See all the "Eucalyptus" colour options in my "Australian Eucalyptus" Collection!
Here is my entry for this week's Spoonflower "Adventure Ditsy Prints" Design Challenge..."Swimming Fish"! I originally designed this in a Half-Drop Layout (2nd pic), but someone pointed out that a true ditsy print is small-scale AND has a Multi-Directional or Tossed Layout. So I revised it and now BOTH versions are available in my Spoonflower Shop in 3 sizes on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor! Which one do you prefer? I might like the Multi-Directional "true" ditsy version...Is that a comment on my personality, I wonder?!
Check out my Spoonflower Shop and the Voting Page to vote! Or click the images below to link directly to the design in my Spoonflower Shop!
Which one?...My "Op-ulence" design ("Op" as in Op Art) in Black & Warm White OR Black & Warm White with Multi-Colours?! I decided to enter the first one in the current Spoonflower "Trompe l'Oeil" Design Challenge (voting is open until Jan 4 for this one!) because it was the original version, having challenged myself to just use 2 colours! BUT if you like the 2nd one with Multi-Colours not to worry...I've added BOTH versions to my Spoonflower Shop and they're available in 3 sizes on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor!
And check out the the Voting Page to see all the entries. Voting for this Challenge is open until January 4 2022!
This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Palm Springs Mid Century Wallpaper"! Of Course, I Had to Enter a Design..."Suncatchers"!
I must say one of my favourite design eras is Mid-Century Modern (love the shapes and colours!) so of course I HAD to enter something in this week's Spoonflower "Palm Springs Mid Century Wallpaper" Design Challenge! Here is my "Suncatchers" design, named after those fun ornaments made of bits of glass and other things that you hang in a sunny window to "catch" and reflect sunlight...Love those, especially the handmade ones!
This design is now available on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in my Spoonflower Shop in 3 sizes AND Fabric FAT QUARTERS are ON SALE! Spoonflower is offering 50% OFF all Fabric Fat Quarters until Sunday Dec 12 2021!
Check out my "Suncatchers" Design in my Spoonflower Shop AND if you would like to vote (I would love your vote!), link to the Voting Page! Voting closes Tuesday Dec 14!
Let's Cheer On the Okarito Kiwi Bird! My Entry For This Week's Spoonflower "Comeback Species" Design Challenge!
The little flightless Okarito Kiwi Bird lives in the Okarito forest on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. It's currently classified as "Vulnerable" BUT conservation efforts have increased its population from only 165 wild adults in the 1990s to about 600 in 2019. So I thought this little cutie would be a great subject for this week's Spoonflower "Comeback Species" Design Challenge (voting opens today)! Look closely to see what this curious little guy is checking out in that flower! This one is now available in my Spoonflower Shop on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes!
Check out all the entries at the Voting Page!
It Was Hard To Decide Which Design to Enter in this Week's Spoonflower "Kitsch Valentine" Design Challenge!
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Kitsch Valentine" and boy, did I have fun with this one! I adapted some of my earlier designs and just ran with the Pink and Red-ness of it all! Here are all the "new" pattern designs I created...Question: Which one do you think I finally entered (see below for Answer)?
BTW: All these designs are now available in my Spoonflower Shop on all kinds of Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes to suit any project! See them all in my "Love Valentine's Day" Collection!
Answer: I entered the last one "With Love in Light Pink"!
When one of my sons was much younger, small creatures used to just present themselves to him. Once, he found a little wounded bird sitting in a puddle of water and it allowed him to pick it up; when we lived in Hawaii, he lovingly kept a collection of carnivorous plants (I know, not creatures really, but they sure seemed like it); another time a tiny frog suddenly appeared in the sand castle he was building and just sat there looking at him. My son wanted to keep it, but I told him he had to return it to the nearby pond which he very reluctantly did. So my "Fun Froggy with Big Feet" design (below first pic) brings back those memories to me! I often think back to that little frog and my son (maybe because he's off at uni now!)...
I've entered this cute guy in this week's Spoonflower "Quirky Amphibians" Design Challenge...I think he's kinda quirky! Voting is open until Nov 9 2021. Would love your vote! Check out the Voting Page HERE.
Oh, and although I've entered my "Fun Froggy with Big Feet" design, I couldn't help creating a cute coordinate pattern to go with it! So here is my "Fun Tadpoles" design too! After all, where there are FROGGIES, there must be TADPOLES!! Both these co-ordinating designs are now available in my SPOONFLOWER SHOP on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes (or click the images below to go directly to them in my Spoonflower Shop!
The latest Issue #51 of Uppercase Magazine, one of my favourite art publications, just arrived! This Issue is all about QUILTS, yay! Happily, my "Corfu" design was included in the Illustrated Quilts section that features art inspired by quilts "real, remembered and imagined".
A bit about this design: "Corfu" is one of the patchwork-inspired patterns in my "Pieces of Dreams" Collection, inspired by a stop I made on that Greek island during a years-long, around-the-world trip I took many years ago...Memories!
This "Corfu" design is available in my SHOP on absolutely gorgeous, light and delicate silk scarves in several sizes! Have a LOOK HERE!
I've adapted my "Two Moths" design for this week's Spoonflower "Indoor Garden Wall Hangings" Design Challenge. AND I couldn't help but also add my coordinating "Butterfly Landing" design to my Spoonflower Shop too (see below). Both together might just make the perfect Tea Towel or Wall Hanging GIFT SET!
Check out my "Two Moths" design and the Voting Page too!
Something to Remember...Be Kind! My Entry for This Week's Spoonflower "Modern Motivational Posters Wall Hangings" Design Challenge!
I thought my "Be Kind" lettering design would be perfect to enter in this week's Spoonflower "Modern Motivational Posters Wall Hangings" Design Challenge as a bit of a reminder. I first designed this one back in 2020 as we were beginning to realize the full scope of the pandemic, but I still think this thought continues to hold true now. Actually, I think it holds true no matter what is going on in the world...
If you like this wall hanging, you can check it out in my Spoonflower Shop!
And if you would like to vote, link to the Voting Page here! Voting ends Oct 19!
Earlier this year, my "City Lights At Night" artwork was chosen to be part of the City of Victoria "Signage Kiosk Animation" Public Art Project, a project "to celebrate local creatives and enhance everyday artistic encounters". It has just been installed in downtown Victoria, BC on the corner of Douglas and Humboldt Streets, where it will be until January 2022! If you find yourself in Downtown Victoria and happen by, please do take a photo and tag me!
If you would like to read more about this Public Art Project, CLICK HERE!
Here is my entry for this week's Spoonflower "Vintage Recipe Wall Hanging" Design Challenge, called "Chop and Toss"! I thought as far as recipes go, chopping and tossing is about as easy as a recipe gets! Although I've added a version specifically designed for Wall Hangings (and Tea Towels too, see below) to my Spoonflower Shop, I've also added this repeat pattern in 3 sizes to my Spoonflower Shop, so it's available on fabrics, wallpaper and home decor too! I really think this would make super FUN kitchen wallpaper (or a fantastic apron)! What do you think?! VOTE HERE (voting ends Tuesday October 12)!
AND NOTE TO SELF: Never throw anything away! This scribble design is adapted from one I did quite a few years ago (just had to change to colour palette!). I always loved it, but it never seemed quite right for anything...until now! Click the images below to see the Wall Hanging in my Spoonflower Shop!
UnBlink Studio goes Hollywood! That’s my “Eucalyptus” design behind actress Alison Pill at this year's TIFF held in Toronto, Canada from September 9 to 18 2021!
Photos coursesy of: Chris Chapman. Shot at: Deadline Portrait Studio, Toronto.
Special thanks to: Spoonflower for the rush printing! Thank you!
Chair courtesy of: Buro Klaus.
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio