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!
My entry for this week's Spoonflwer "Y2K" Design Challenge! This design was adapted from my abstract "Flow" art print, recolored with these pop bright Y2K colors!
Check out my Spoonflower Shop and the Voting Page!
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!
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!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio