#surfacepatterndesign

I've Made It To The Top 8 Of The Printsource Competition!

I'm delighted to announce that I have been shortlisted into the top 8 of the Printsouce Competition! The winner will receive a free booth at the Printsouce show in August 2017 to debut their patterns in New York. I would like to thank Rachael Taylor and the Make It In Design team for giving me an extra push with this amazing online course, The Ultimate Portfolio Builder. I've really learned a lot and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about surface pattern design industry!

Here are the patterns that I entered:

Home Decor Collections

May has been one of the busiest months ever! I've completed a lot of client projects and also a lot of class assignments! I've been taking The Ultimate Portfolio Builder with Rachael Taylor. It's a great class packed full of information. It really pushed me to keep on making new work! Here are some new designs I've made for this class:

In addition to Rachael's class, I've also been taking Make Art That Sells Home Decor with Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau. It's another great class packed with info! I'm having a lot of fun with it and am enjoying exploring paintings for products. Here are my recent boards:

This is my second time taking the home decor class and I'm really glad I took it again. I'm finding it easier the second time around while still learning a lot. It's quite addictive once you start adding your designs to products! I really like the endless possibilities I see in this market. So much fun!

MATS Home Decor Week 1: Birds & Metal

I am taking a home decor class with Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau. So far in week 1 I learned how to design products for metal. I really enjoyed this week and learned a lot of techniques! It's fascinating to see how metal can be applied to so many types of things. I really love drawing birds so this was extra fun for me. Here are some of the products I designed this week with my birds:

My work will be included in UPPERCASE Magazine!!!

I'm so excited to announce that my work will be included in the upcoming issue of Uppercase Magazine, the Surface Pattern Design Guide!!! My patterns will be featured along with 99 other designers chosen from almost 300 designers who submitted their work! It is a thrill and and an honor. This is one of my favorite magazines and has always been a dream of mine to be included in it one day. If you are not a subscriber I highly recommend subscribing! To receive $15 off your subscription use code USPDG2014 and click here to subscribe.

Here's what I submitted for the upcoming issue.

Here's what I submitted for the upcoming issue.

Here is the cover of the magazine, with cover art by my friend  Jan Avellana!

Here is the cover of the magazine, with cover art by my friend Jan Avellana!

MATS Bootcamp in February

I've finished my first assignment for Make Art That Sells Bootcamp with Lilla Rogers. Hooray! The theme was based on cuckoo clocks and we were told to design them for an iphone case. I was really excited with the theme as it reminded me of my trip to Germany many moons ago! I remember being fascinating by a specialty store filled to the brim with these cute little clocks. All of the different clocks were cuckooing out of sync in a haphazard but charming way. As I started sketching, it started to sink in just how much detail there is in one single cuckoo clock. Oh my! I sketched my way through several cuckoo clocks. There were many directions to go in! At first I was drawn to the bavarian folksy dancers, and then I turned my attention back to the birds. I wanted to put a more modern twist on the house, but keep the sense of nature and whimsy that naturally comes with clock. 

image.jpg

This was a good but tough and challenging assignment. I enjoyed playing with my textures and layers but really tried to push myself with the colors. Also I am a "put a bird on it" kind of girl, so it was a natural progression to really emphasize the birds. I think this assignment challenged me to refine my process and keep a really close eye on color. You can see here my first colors were softer and more pink, then I explored a much warmer palette which I really liked.

image.jpg

One small breakthrough I had was in the way that I combined the watercolor elements with bits of flat color to give it more contrast. I really like the way it gave the birds more "pop". I am still refining my process, and I definitely would like to work on my presentation more. It's even more challenging seeing so much amazing artwork roll in on Facebook. I love to see how everyone has such a different style even when the same subject matter is presented. I'm looking forward to the next months assignment and would like to keep developing my process and my style. Here is the final case that I submitted:

image.jpg

Once I was happy with a case design, I had some more time to work on coordinating patterns. Yippy!! I really loved making the bird pattern, and had fun playing with elements such as the musical notes (reminiscent of my visit to the cuckoo clock store). I also really liked exploring the clocks repeating on a dark background. I really had a blast working on these coordinates!

image.jpg


image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

New Designs in December

I've had a busy month prepping my new website, working on my portfolio and finishing up my work over at The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design, Module 3. I can hardly believe class is over! I've learned so much this year with all the classes I've taken and have enjoyed the process along the way.

Here is some of my most recent work:

I really enjoyed making these textures and am excited to reveal this new collection called Salty. Salty is available for art licensing. Contact me for details.