Sunday, June 23, 2013

New Designs!

I have created and uploaded two new product mockup files to my website. They are both created from existing art and pattern designs.

The pillows are designed from original paintings that depict the seasons. The leaf prints are monotypes I created from a leaf I drew with Elmer's glue that provided me with a raised surface that made great prints! First I painted the leaf in acrylic in colors I thought depicted the associated season on watercolor paper. Once they dried I inked up the monotype plate, registered it loosely face down with the painted leaf and used a brayer as my "press". So FUN!

You can see the collection I designed in two color ways on my website in the geometric category.
These were created during my "Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design" class I took last spring. The assignment was to take the humble check and elevate it to a special pattern. I think they look young and fresh.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Port Townsend Wearable Art Show

I was excited to be one of the makeup artists at the Port Townsend Wearable Art Show this weekend. This show began in 2011 as a fundraiser for Jefferson County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls - whose vision is a world where women are safe, economically secure and free from discrimination so they can reach their full potential.

The wearable art show melds art and fashion, using the human form as a kinetic part of an artistic piece. The works range from functional to fantastic, and include creations fashioned from silk, leather and scraps of sail cloth, woven wire, and found objects like seashells and beach glass.

The pictures of these magnificent wearable works of art aren't posted yet for this year, but keep checking the'll be amazed!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

My New Website Has Launched!

I have completely redesigned my website. It features surface pattern designs, art for licensing, paintings and pertinent information. I thought I would give a little insight into my design process.

First, I am attracted to all things square. I have patterns that feature squares all over my home - mosaics, fabric on upholstery, open wooden squares form the backs of my kitchen chairs, area rugs with a square get the idea. Several years ago I painted a 4" x 6" wood panel with acrylic squares for no other reason than I could. It seemed fun and who knows what it might become! It did end up as the front of our 2007 Christmas card, but I keep the small piece on view in my studio because I like the colors and the kinetic movement it possesses.

I wanted my site to showcase my pen and ink drawings as well as my paintings. I routinely combine the two when designing patterns on my computer. So I took a page of one of my sketchbooks that I think is full of life and represents the marvelous results when the right side of my brain and my hand are engaged one on one.

When your eyes are traveling around this page, you will see the icons I used in the header of this blog and my web pages, along with the squares from the painting. Hope you enjoy perusing my website and check back on the blog - thanks!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

1 Billion Rising Event in Port Townsend - 2/14/13

On Valentines Day we joined the group gathered together at Haller Fountain to participate in the dance for the 1Billion Rising event. 1Billion Rising is a revolution to end violence against women and girls around the world. Some of my fellow Zumba class dancers and I were in the 15 minute flash mob and this video was taken by my husband Don. Learn more here and to enjoy more dancing around the world this is the link on their website It felt good to join in and stand up for something so important and it was FUN!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Exciting News!

Exciting News! I have my first design on fabric printed by Spoonflower. The design originated from a painting I did for my friend and her new house (first image). I decided to create a collection from the painting and named it Poppy Ribbons. For the main design I created a layered pattern with colorful scratch  marks, the foliage in white, with the poppies in a new configuration as the top layer. I had it printed on Organic Cotton Sateen (second image). It was my friend's birthday so I sewed her a pillow out of the fabric (third image). I'm no seamstress but what satisfaction seeing my design on fabric.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Autumn Inspiration

On my bike ride to an art lecture on a Sunday this fall I couldn't help but stop and photograph these trees. I can visualize a men's plaid shirt or a striking group of pillows in this palette. That's the thing now that I have been taking the "Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design" modules. I see pattern possibilities everywhere!