How could I not enter this challenge? As a very proud Canadian who lives on the beautiful West Coast on Vancouver Island, I decided to revise one of my very first fave designs inspired by the Salish Sea, the system of coastal waterways that surround where I live and which is home to all kinds of amazing-looking fish, including many varieties of rockfish (such as Quillback and Tiger Rockfish) and flounder. Did you know that baby flounders have eyes on either side of their heads like most other fish, but as they mature one eye migrates to the other side so adult flounder have both eyes on one side? Weird, eh? Check out all the entries at this week's Voting Page!
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!
One thing that is great being a member of The Colour Gang is it makes you think about colour palettes and how re-colouring existing motifs can really revise an older pattern design into something fun and new! As an example, I recoloured my "Coastal Critters" motifs (originally designed as placement prints for round plates!) and used them to make some eye-catching, sea-themed repeat patterns. I did try to put all 3 creatures into a single design, but that just didn't work. I also tried using differently coloured creatures in a single design (I tried so many combos) but that didn't sit well either. Sometimes simpler is better. So I finally realized that making 3 separate designs, each with its own creature and monochromatic colour scheme (based on my Japan-inspired "Neon Nights" colour palette from a few posts ago), somehow worked the best, in my opinion! Now I love these! So here they are..."Blue Jellyfish", "Pink Squid" and "Green Octopus"! I hope they make you smile!
Thought I would keep going with the blue palette this week in The Colour Gang...so I added this new "Koi" pattern design to go with my "Lotus Pond" and "Enlightened" pattern designs. The second image here puts them all together! Hope this collection makes you feel calm and peaceful!
I love how my newest pattern designs look on these cozy quilts! On the first one are my "Little Grunt Sculpin" and "Constellation of Starfish" pattern designs; the second one has my new "Cupcake Dreams" and "PomPoms" designs. These would make great gifts (I'd like to get one!), don't you think?
Just wanted to share the beginnings of a new collection I am calling "Little Grunt Sculpin". Grunt sculpins are one of my favourite fishes, they are super funny and cute! I suggest checking them out on Youtube. They are sometimes called "bizarre" and "ridiculous" and don't really swim but rather scoot along the sea bottom!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio