Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Studio Time: Textured Apple Collection

Next up to share is a sampling of the Textured Apple collection. My goal with this collection was to start adding light layers and texture. I really love how the bottom right complementary pattern turned out. It fits the rough, distressed texture I love in design. 

In other background news, I'm working on background items like working with a lawyer on proper filing of paperwork, copyright, trademark, etc. I've starting hiring freelancers to help with areas that are beyond my skill set or too far beyond my capacity. I'm excited and nervous at the same time.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Studio Time: Fruit Collection - Pear

A peek of upcoming work and the story behind the scenes. I've been working on this collection off and on between moving and getting settled into a new place and organized to get this business going! 

I did a bunch of what I would call "ugly sketching"... just doodling on the color palettes I picked out. I pulled out previous work I had done that never made it into an official collection and picked out components I liked. I used sketches that surprised me... half-finished pieces that I liked better than the finished work. Below are the final drawings that made up the above collection. Yes, it's that "simple." It took a few hours to create these drawings. The heavy lifting of the work was done in Adobe Illustrator - coloring, manipulating, placing, sizing. Illustrator has recently gone through a major upgrade and I'm having to relearn the tool. I'm struggling a bit and it's taken me longer to finish work than I would have liked. 

8x8 prints are available in my Artfire shop.

Country Plaid Pear PRint

 Country Gingham Pear Print

I'm also testing out having these prints on Zazzle products as pillows, coasters, and smart phone cases. I've set up shop here, but I have not yet ordered my own Zazzle products, so I cannot comment on Zazzle's quality or speed of delivery. However, I'm planning to order all of the pillows and will share the ideas I have. I'm really digging the bohemian vibe of mixing and matching this collection!

I also have a Spoonflower fabric shop and have some of my Pear Collection. I'm planning to make room darkening curtains out of the green plaid (my absolute favorite of the collection). It's currently the background of my blog right now! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Studio Time: New work coming soon! A preview

I'm settling happily into Jacksonville, Florida. I'm near my family AND I'm near the beach! I still miss my everyday adventures of living in Hong Kong, but I can create adventures anywhere. 

I've only been here three weeks, but I'm already breaking out the art supplies. I've been creating jewelry and creating designs. Today's post is a peek at just one of the upcoming designs. 

I've been ruminating on my design aesthetic. One of the stops to my core design style is the country style. I have to admit: I'm a sucker for plaids and gingham. I find a warm, homey appeal in that design. I'm really pleased with the plaids in this collection. I've been challenging myself and trying to incorporate aspects of the southwestern design that I find appealing such as texture and organic lines.

Below is a single print from the collection: Orange.

The collection is targeted for release August 1! I will have the fabrics in my Spoonflower shop, these prints will be available in different sizes in my Artfire shop. I'm working on some other products to accompany this particular collection. I'll be sharing bits and pieces of the upcoming collection over the next few weeks. :-)