This is my entry for this week's Spoonflower "Autumn Botanicals" Design Challenge! I created this design with the concept of Wabi Sabi in mind. Wabi Sabi is the ancient Japanese aesthetic that finds beauty in the imperfect, incomplete and impermanent, as seen in the natural cycle of growth and decay. Here, the leaves change from Spring/Summer Green to Autumn Colours to Winter Gray, when they dry up and drift away on the wind...And the cycle repeats again...
This design is now available in my Spoonflower Shop in 3 sizes on all kinds of fabrics, wallpaper and home decor. Check them all out my Spoonflower Shop!
HEEEY!! I just realized I missed posting about my last TWO entries to the Spoonflower Design Challenges! So I thought I would catch them up here before posting about this week's current "Neutral Geometric Wallpaper" Design Challenge (see next post for that!) Even though you've missed the voting for these 2 challenges, these designs are now available in my Spoonflower Shop in 3 sizes on fabrics, wallpaper and home decor!
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EEK! PHANTASMAGORIA Design Challenge
Voting closed Aug 10 2021
One definition of Phantasmagoria is "a series of real or imaginary images like those seen in a dream". I think my "Eyeballs" design might be more of a nightmare! In any event, I think this is good and creepy and PERFECT for all your Halloween makes!
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Design Challenge
Voting closed August 17 2021
I sometimes really struggle with trying to put TOO much into a design, but for my "There Be Owls" design I wanted to simplify the design while making sure it still says "OWL". And then I had to add in lots of colour, of course! What do you think?
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Take a Hike". Hiking is one of my favourite things to do (I live on the West Coast after all!) So I thought my "Land of Plenty" design would be perfect since I designed it to celebrate our natural world. I entered the brightly-coloured version, but it also comes in a lighter pastel version (see below!) and in Tiny-, Small- and Large-Scale versions too! If you would like to check out the entries this week, head to the Voting Page! Public voting ends June 29 2021!
AND you can also check out my Spoonflower Shop while you're there!
SALE ALERT! Spoonflower's BUY MORE SAVE MORE Sale is still on until tomorrow Friday June 25! You can get up to 20% OFF of Fabric, Wallpaper and Home Decor!
JOIN ME on MAY 20-21 at SHOWCASE, a new virtual event connecting the Art + Design Licensing community, hosted by Artonomo and Jewel Branding! If you are an Art Director or Licensee looking for new designs for your products (here is a peek of my new "Land of Plenty" design), REGISTER NOW for FREE as an Attendee to start browsing virtual Exhibitor Booths (opens 12 noon ET today!)
If you would like to set up a meeting with me to chat about licensing my designs for your products, you can do so once you're registered directly from my Booth!
And see below for some of the other designers/agents who will be exhibiting!
For MY FELLOW ARTISTS! You should also REGISTER because there will be informative webinars on May 20-21 about licensing, trends and more, and an ARTIST PANEL with top licensed artists (I'm looking forward to that one!) Oh, did I say registration is FREE?! "See" you there!
I’ve just entered my new “Retro Rattlers” design in this week’s Spoonflower “Brightly-Colored Reptiles” Design Challenge! This is something a little different for me...OR is it? What do you think, does this design still look like my work? I’m very curious to hear what you think. I am very much liking this graphic “look” and I find my work is always a bit of a tug-of-war between clean, graphic shapes and a more hand-drawn style. Not sure if others see that too?? See it below with a coordinating design I think emulates a closeup view of snakeskin! Check out the Voting Page to see all the colourful entries!
And I've just added this design to Throw Pillows in my New Shop...Check them out!
I’ve entered my “Family Farm” pattern design in this week’s Spoonflower “Large Birds” Design Challenge! This bird couple surrounded by those little chicks always warms my heart and makes me smile! I hope it does the same for you! Check out the entries at the Voting Page!...Enjoy your day! See below for this design plus some coordinating designs!
Did you know that pineconefish (aka pineapplefish) have light-producing organs on each side of their head, called photophores, that produce a symbiotic bacteria that makes light visible? I didn’t until I started doing a little research for this week’s Spoonflower “Bioluminescence” Design Challenge. So here is my “Pinecone Fish” design entry . Do you think they look like pine cones (or pineapples)? Check out all the entries at the Voting Page!
“GO BANANAS!” This is what I named my entry for this week’s Spoonflower “Line Art Safari Wallpaper” Design Challenge!
And I hope you’re not literally going bananas after a month of staying home...
If you would like to see all the entries, check out the Voting Page!
And this fun design is now available to purchase in my Spoonflower Shop on all kinds of fabrics, wallpaper and home decor!
One of our favourite family recipes of all time is “Pasta Con Mollica di Pane” (or Pasta with Bread Crumbs). It’s a quick, easy, uncomplicated pasta sauce recipe with tomatoes, anchovies, garlic and parsley, sprinkled with toasted breadcrumbs and it is YUMMY! We make it all the time! I originally created an illustrated recipe for this dish and posted it to the They Draw and Cook website where it was noticed and found its way into a 2020 They Draw and Cook Wall Calendar published by Amber Lotus Publishing! I also turned the illustration into this repeat pattern and entered it in this week’s Spoonflower “Noodle Bowl” Design Challenge (I think it makes fun sheets!) Check out the Voting Page here (voting ends April 14) to see all the entries!
HINT: If you want to make this dish yourself (I suggest you do!), check out the illustrated recipe in my Portfolio or at my Illustrator Page on the They Draw and Cook website!
This week’s Spoonflower Design Challenge is “Faux-Textured Wallpaper”! Influenced by my recent desert-themed designs, my texture of choice is...SNAKESKIN! And I do love how this design looks with that white mid-century modern couch! To check out all the entries, go to the Voting Page!
A "folly" is a funny little whimsical building or structure built primarily for decorative purposes...So I thought it would be a good name for a new collection of funny little whimsical art prints I've been working on! These were designed as a triptych, and wouldn't they be wonderful altogether on a wall?! Would really love to hear what you think about these, since it's a bit of a departure for me but definitely something I will do more of! Stay tuned!
Blue birds and blossoms for this week’s Spoonflower “Whimsical Wonderland Wallpaper” Design Challenge! I love all-blue designs, in case you haven't noticed! If you want to check out all the designs, link to the Voting Page here!
My son saw my brand new butterfly pattern and said it was "trippy"! What do you think, is it trippy? Maybe not trippy enough??! I think I will call this one "Free Spirits", a nod to the free-spirited optimism of the psychedelic 60s! Let me know what you think! This design is now available to license and if you are interested to license it for your products, just contact me!
When I'm working in my studio I often get distracted by little movements in the bushes outside my windows, usually caused by cute little gorgeous birds...So this new design is me trying to capture them in pattern! If you would like to follow along with more of my recent work, I invite you to check out my Instagram!
I just entered my "Tiger's Eye" pattern design in this week's Spoonflower "Feline Frenzy" Design Challenge! Don't look her (or him?) directly in the eyes! This beautiful creature is available to license! Check out the Voting Page and vote for all your favourite designs or link to this design in my Spoonflower Shop. It's not yet for sale, but if it places in the Top 50 it will be available next week!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio