I entered my "Cow Parsley" design in this week's Spoonflower "In the Weeds" Design Challenge! But you know me, I had to try it out in a BUNCH of colours! Although the first version below is the one I entered in the Challenge (link to the Voting Page HERE), now that I'm seeing them altogether, I'm not sure which one I prefer?! Anyway, the first one is the only one I had finished before the deadline, and all the colours are now available in my "Cow Parsley" Collection in my Spoonflower Shop on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes, so I guess it doesn't matter which one I prefer?! Although I'd be interested to know which one YOU prefer...
The idea behind this week's Spoonflower "Petal Coordinates Limited Color Palette: Candy" Design Challenge was to create a pattern design using the 3 given colors of Cotton Candy, Lilac and Seaglass with optional Black and White (I love these kinds of challenges!) Here is my entry, "It's A Jungle Out There"! Voting is open now until March 15, and you can check out all the entries at the Voting Page!
BTW: This floral now comes in a bunch of other colourways too...Of course, I couldn't resist the opportunity to play with colour! Check out all the colourways HERE!
This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge: "Neutral Botanicals Grasscloth" Wallpaper (Uh, Oh...Neutrals?!)
If you know me, you probably realize that I don't really do "neutral" alot! So when I saw this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Neutral Botanicals Grasscloth" Wallpaper, I felt some chagrin. But I rose to the occasion and created my "Gladiolus Garden" design in warm neutrals...And you know what? I like the soft colours! Then I realized: Neutrals Are Colours Too!!
OF COURSE, there is a more brightly-coloured version of this design in my Spoonflower Shop too, see below! If you want to check out the entries, head to the Voting Page!
And if you would like to see these designs in my Spoonflower Shop, check them out (and other co-ordinating designs) in my "Abstract Floral" Collection!
I'm participating in a very fun and inspiring pattern design project which is launching today...the "Collectively Independent Spring 2022" Collection on Spoonflower!
For this project, 59 Designers from 14 Countries used 1 Colour Palette to create 1079 (!) Pattern Designs, all organized into 6 Sub-Collections: HERO PATTERNS, FLORALS, BASICS, PLAID, BLENDERS and CHECKS.
Because each of us pattern designers had the freedom to design whatever we wanted to fit within each Sub-Collection (each designer was limited to 5 designs per Sub-Collection), there's a fabulous mix of themes and styles (I have my eye on some favourites!), but all are united by the single chosen colour palette. So it's a snap to MIX & MATCH different patterns for your next project, whether you need Fabrics, Wallpaper or Home Decor! There really is something for every taste!
I might suggest you have a look at the HERO PATTERNS and FLORALS first, then start adding BASICS, PLAID, BLENDERS and CHECKS to round out your project. And maybe you should "limit" your time since once you start looking you might not be able to stop! Have FUN!
THE COLOUR PALETTE
The chosen colour palette consists of 7 beautiful colours. Some designers used all 7 colours in their designs and some used only a few.
To see more from the Designers, be sure to check out #designerspr22 on Instagram!
Here are the 5 patterns I submitted to the HERO PATTERNS Sub-Collection which also contains handy and useful Solid Colours too!
Check out the HERO PATTERNS Sub-Collection HERE!
Always one of my favourite themes, check out the designs I submitted to the FLORALS Sub-Collection!
Check out the FLORALS Sub-Collection HERE!
BASICS and PLAID
The BASICS Sub-Collection includes Geometrics, Stripes, Chevrons, Dots, and the like. Have a look at the BASICS Sub-Collection HERE and the PLAID Sub-Collection HERE for some beautiful co-ordinating patterns!
I didn't submit designs to the BLENDERS and CHECKS Sub-Collections, but be sure to check them out too!
The Spoonflower "Collectively Independent Spring 2022" Collection
1 Colour Palette
Be sure to check out #designerspr22 on Instagram for more!
If you create something with any of the designs in this "Collectively Independent Spring 2022" Collection, please do tag me @unblinkstudio or send me a pic so I can see the results! Happy choosing and creating!
So I must admit to some chagrin when I saw that this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge was "Pockets". I mean...What to do with this one?! I procrastinated for awhile, and then some more, then sat down and started making random pocket shapes, then added some "lace", then I decided I needed some bright colours, then thought pockets full of flowers might be fun...And after ALOT of fiddling around with placement, colours, wavy stems, and finally, adding some polka dots...Here is my "Rainbow In My Pocket" design. I entered the first version with the dark background, but did add both colours to my Spoonflower Shop in 3 sizes! What do you think, did I enter the right one?!
Here is a portrait of Kenny G shot by amazing photographer Chris Chapman at last years TIFF with my “Folk Flutter” design in the background (printed by Spoonflower)! Read on for what Chris says about this collaboration (as quoted from his Jan 25 2022 Instagram Post @ccphotophoto)...
With THANKS to Chris Chapman Photography and Spoonflower for the rush printing!
If you love this design, check it out in my Spoonflower Shop HERE.
Photographer Chris Chapman says: "Here’s an unpublished portrait I shot of #smoothjazz phenomenon @kennyg at the @deadline studio during last year’s tiff. Love him or hate him , the man is a bonafide success story…one of his albums is the highest selling instrumental album of all time , and his total worldwide sales are 75 million and rising ….a remarkable accomplishment for an instrumentalist. He was in town to promote the @hbomax documentary #listeningtokennyg from director #PennyLane. From Wikipedia :
“In 2021, HBO Max started streaming director Penny Lane's documentary Listening to Kenny G, with the subject of the film not having had any control over its content. Lane stated she chose Kenny Gorelick as her subject because he is "a musician who is objectively popular, by way of record sales, but is also hated by the 'critical class'."Richard Brody, in a New Yorker report, cited Kenny G in the film responding "cheerful[ly]" to a question about what he loves about music, with, "I don’t know if I love music that much," and continuing, "when I listen to music, I think about the musicians and I just think about what it takes to make that music and how much they had to practice."
I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet , but it’s def on my list for 2022. Either way , the man himself was extremely cordial and a pleasure to meet and photograph . He expressed to me how much he personally liked this shot , which is something you always hope to hear from your subject . No doubt , the whimsical background with its rich colors and graphic style ( from the super talented Jackie Tahara’s @unblinkstudio and her production collaborator @spoonflower ) are what makes this pic so special …i felt like it was a good fit, evoking a kind of musical playfulness, and made his electric blue suit pop . Shout out to @klaus_on_king for lending me the stool Mr.Gorelick is perched on. #tiff21 #deadlinehollywood #kennyg #hbomax #unblinkstudio #spoonflower #klausonking #tifftuesday ©️Chris Chapman"
**Photo courtesy of Chris Chapman Photography and @deadline.
Loving This Purple! My Entry for This Week's Spoonflower "Pantone Color of the Year: Very Peri" Design Challenge!
I've entered my "Lola" symmetrical rose design into this week's Spoonflower "Pantone Color of the Year: Very Peri" Design Challenge! I do LOVE this colour...Check out the Voting Page to see all the entries, and check out my design in my Spoonflower Shop (it comes in 3 sizes)!
NOTE: Spoonflower has just added natural woven textured Grasscloth Wallpaper to its product range, made of 100% handcrafted natural sisal!
The Year of the Tiger 2022 starts Feb 1 and it also happens to be this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge! Here is my entry...Is this tiger cute, serious or seriously cute?! Kung hay fat choy!
Check out this cute design in my Spoonflower Shop!
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!
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!
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!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio