WATCH OUT! The Akkorokamui Might Get You...This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge: "Cryptozoology"!
To quote from one of my favourite 90’s TV Shows: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE...
For this week's Spoonflower "Cryptozoology" Design Challenge, I decided to make a design featuring the Akkorokamui, a giant octopus sea monster believed by the Ainu people to live off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan, and feared by local fishermen. Given the subject matter, I tried to give this design a Japanese-style graphic design feel!
Check it out at the Voting Page and in my Spoonflower Shop!
FYI: Cryptozoology is the study of creatures, called cryptids, whose existence has not been scientifically proven or disproven (other examples: the Loch Ness Monster, the Yeti, Sasquatch or Chupacabra!) Cue: X-FILES theme music...
Because it's full of fruits, curvy florals and pastel colours, I entered my "Fruitastical" pattern in this week's Spoonflower "Rococo" Design Challenge! Nothing says "Spring" more to me than this design so I thought it was timely! It is now available in my Spoonflower Shop in both Small- and Large-Scale versions on all kinds of fabrics, wallpaper and home decor!
AND MAKERS TAKE NOTE! All Fat Quarters are still 50% OFF on Spoonflower but only until tomorrow Friday March 5 2021. Stock up now, sew later!
Check out my Spoonflower Shop and 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!
Here's a question: can a design be both Art Nouveau and minimalist at the same time?! I actually call this design from my archive "Art Nouveau" so I thought I would enter it in this week's Spoonflower "Art Nouveau Wallpaper" Design Challenge! When I designed it I thought it felt like Art Nouveau albeit a bit pared-down and minimalist! What do you think? Does it "feel" like an Art Nouveau design to you?! Check out the Voting Page to see this week's gorgeous designs!
ADDENDUM (on Jan 23 2020): This design won 30th place in the Art Nouveau Wallpaper Design Challenge (out of 581 entries!) As a result, it is immediately available for sale on Spoonflower, and it's already been sold a few times! Link to it HERE! Thanks so much to all who voted, I very much appreciate your ongoing support. All the best! J
Originally designed after a trip to Mexico, someone recently referred to my “Sayulita” pattern as a “70s floral” so I thought...okay its a sign! I’ll enter it in this week’s Spoonflower “Jewel-Tone 70’s” Design Challenge! Check out all the GROOVY designs at the Voting Page!
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!
I do love an all-blue pattern design! My newest design (on the left) is called "Berry-luscious" and I designed it to accompany my "Three Little Birds" design which I posted about a few days ago. I envision these together for home decor (armchair with pillows? wallpaper?), on super fun giftware, for gorgeous apparel, or as the start of a fantastic fabric collection...Contact me if you are interested in licensing these designs for your products!
This week's Spoonflower design challenge is "Neutral Retreat", the idea for this challenge was to create a larger-scale pattern for cozy bedding...I think my "Hellebores" pattern design in this Vintage colour palette does the trick! Check out the Voting Page (and all 859! entries, some of which I'm not sure I would call "neutral" though, maybe mine is borderline!)
I entered my "Luna" pattern design in this week's Spoonflower "Moths" Design Challenge! When I was researching this theme, I was amazed by how many different shapes and colours moths come in...but I loved the shape of this one! If you want to check out all the gorgeous entries, check out the Voting Page!
For the month of July, Slowdown Studio had a Blanket Design Competition with 12 winning artists having their designs featured in their 2020 Collection. But before you get tooooo excited, I didn't win (there were almost 10000, yes TEN THOUSAND, entries!), but it did spark some brand new work for me: Abstract Designs! I really enjoyed working just with shape, form and colour, and plan to (1) do many more for home decor and art prints, and (2) turn some of these abstract print designs into super funky, cool repeat patterns! I was so inspired, that I made a separate ABSTRACTS page in my online Portfolio (have a look!). More abstract pattern designs to come! Here are the 4 abstract-themed designs I submitted! Oh, and if you want to see some of the "process" videos for these, check out my Instagram feed! Hint: I plan to add these to my Society 6 Shop in the next few weeks as Art Prints!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio