Print & Pattern “Nature” Book Release

I was excited to hear that the latest book “Nature” by acclaimed Print & Pattern author and blogger Bowie Style (aka Marie Perkins) was released in the UK on Amazon today! I was fortunate to be included among the artists she approached. Marie was kind enough to send me this photo of the spread featuring some of my work. The left page shows my surface pattern designs Nordic Suzani Floral and Vintage Butterfly Garden, and the right page shows A Field Guide to Wildflowers. The publish date for the US on amazon.com is February 7.

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Nordic Suzani Floral 2017 Agenda

A few months ago, Bookbinders Design approached me seeking to license my Nordic Suzani Floral pattern for their 2017 agenda. I highly recommend them as a contact to fellow illustrators, as my contact Philipp was wonderful to work with all around. He recently mailed me a copy of the agenda as it will be sold later this year (link to follow).

So far they kept the original palette – these images were taken with my matching gift wrap underneath. I think it’s a very usable and aesthetically pleasing agenda, measuring almost 7 by 8 inches, spiral-bound, with an elastic closure and weekly spreads. Here is a glimpse inside this lovely little book. :)

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Fitness Contest Winner

The title sounds as if this is about a fitness competition. Nothing could be further from reality – but I did win Spoonflower’s last contest, which was fitness themed! And drawing icons representing various sports made me want to get more involved in certain sports, especially swimming, one of my favorite activities.

I’m fascinated by how many swimming badges – with different levels – one can achieve in Germany. One of particular interest to me is the almost extinct “Totenkopfschwimmer” (engl. death’s head or skull swimmer), which comes at three levels: 1 hour, 1.5 hours and 2 hours need to be swum continuously at a time. But in order to even get admitted to such a test, one needs to master less difficult levels of swimming. I like that each level gets awarded with a cloth badge that can be sewn on one’s swim suit. I included adapted versions of two of them in my design: “Freischwimmer” and “Fahrtenschwimmer”, blue and white designs in use in Germany from the 1950s to 1980s. Now I feel really old, because I remember the designs well!

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First Day of School

It is the time of year when many children are approaching school, so when Spoonflower held its “What’s in your bag” contest, I was inspired by the German tradition of giving small gifts to first graders on their first day of school. These are presented in decorative cardboard cones and taken to school that day. The gifts are meant to make this first-school-day-day-ever a bit less anxiety-inducing. Many parents craft their own school cones for their children. The cardboard base can be wrapped in fabric or paper (such as gift wrap, hint!). Here is an example of a mid-1980s school boy taken from Wikipedia:

I luckily placed in the top 10 for this contest, so here at the fabric images provided by Spoonflower. Thank you so much to anyone who cast their vote for my “First Day of School”! :)  It is now available as fabric, gift wrap and even wallpaper!

Camouflage Llama Family / Free shipping on Spoonflower

Last week’s contest theme at Spoonflower was llamas, for which I drew a design inspired by the habitats llamas are commonly found in. When reading about the Andes, I was drawn to the high-altitude Polylepis forests and woodlands with their beautiful shrubs and trees (and flowering cacti are found there as well).

Since my llamas made the top 10, here are photos of the printed fabric, courtesy of Spoonflower. Many thanks to anyone who voted for my design. :) It is now available on various fabrics, wallpaper and gift wrap.

PS: Today, July 13, Spoonflower offers free international shipping for 24 hours (until July 14, 9am Eastern Standard Time).

Miami Beach Lemonade Stand

For Spoonflower’s recent lemonade contest, I drew a design inspired by the subtropical feel of Southern Florida. I wanted it to feature palm trees, lemon trees (and blossoms), parrots, a lemonade cart roof (like an awning), bottles, pitchers, glasses and of course lemons and raspberries. Since the design made the top 10 this week, I can share fabric images here. Many thanks to anyone who voted for my design! It is now available for sale on various types of fabrics, gift wrap and wallpaper.

Pillow by Carousel Designs

My pillow came in recently from Carousel Designs, printed with my design “Mojave Desert: Dusk & Dawn”. I’m impressed with the quality – it even has piping all around the sides. It’s nice to know that it was sewn in the USA. Thank you, Carousel Designs!

My latest fabric images: Islands & Bees

After a month of being on the road, I am back and now have some catching up to do. To my delight, my design “Islands of Hawaii: Flora & Fauna” won first place in Spoonflower’s island contest. It was dedicated to plant and animal life on the Hawaiian islands. Later in the bee contest, I was fortunate to place in the top 10 as well. Since I was unable to post anything while away, here are Spoonflower’s fabric images.

Mojave Desert: Dusk & Dawn fabric image

This week’s results of the Spoonflower ‘South West’ contest took an unexpected turn when the winning design got removed and replaced with a different one. While copyright issues were the suspected cause elsewhere on the web, I will not speculate here and would rather congratulate Grace Design for being picked by Carousel Designs’ baby bedding line with her lovely dreamcatcher design.

I’m grateful to have made it to #3, which means I will receive a pillow printed with my design. Thank you so much to anyone voting for my Mojave desert. This is Spoonflower’s fabric image:

This design is now available on various types of fabric, two types of gift wrap and two types of wallpaper.

You can view all the top 10 here (vote tallies and the remaining 420 entrants have been removed since Spoonflower’s original posting).

Hide & Seek with Fifi

Once again I count myself lucky to have made it in Spoonflower’s top 10, this time for their beagles contest. I had originally hoped to make a scene with icon-overload but had only one day to make this design. Keeping it simple, here is Fifi the beagle doing his or her business in the blooming springtime park. :) This design is available for sale on fabric, gift wrap and wallpaper. Many thanks to anyone who voted for it!

Loony Spoony Yard Sale

Last week’s Spoonflower theme was ‘spoons’, for which I drew a variety of spoons with flowers, berry-like shapes and the occasional mushroom, with a textured background to look like on an old tablecloth. My entry “Loony Spoony Yard Sale” made it to the top 10 and I wanted to share Spoonflower’s fabric images. Many thanks to anyone who voted for it – I always appreciate it very much!

Nordic Suzani Floral

Last week, Spoonflower’s contest theme was using only using their specified palette of coral, mint, black and white. I was lucky to make it to #4, out of 674 participants – many thanks to anyone who included it in their (unsolicited!) votes! My design also comes on Spoonflower in other colourways and as a folded greeting card in my Etsy shop.

These are Spoonflower’s photos of the fabric:

Magical Universe – Fabric Images & Collection

This week I placed #4 with my design “Magical Universe” in Spoonflower’s rocket contest. Once again, I’d like to thank anyone who voted for this design. There were so many great entries, all of which you can view here.

I have also prepared a few coordinating designs. The star constellations are based on actual ones out in space. I made lots of colourways of the stars and constellations, available for sale here.

These are photos of the design on fabric by Spoonflower:

 

Woodland Woodchucks win Contest

To my delight, my design Woodland Woodchucks won first place in Spoonflower’s groundhog contest, making this my sixth #1 win! I feel flattered and grateful that it was so well received – a big thank you to anyone who liked it enough to include it in their votes! I made a small collection with some patterns in many colours matching the main design, some of which are shown below.

I’d like to point out that groundhogs vary in their fur colours and patterns. Some have white markings on their chest, many do not. Some groundhogs have lots of light mixed with darker fur. I drew little triangles and dots on their tails to imply this trait and the texture of fur. According to Wikipedia, “Despite their heavy-bodied appearance, groundhogs are accomplished swimmers and occasionally climb trees when escaping predators or when they want to survey their surroundings.” Last but not least, of course I took the liberty to stylize the animals, as I did with everything else, consistent with my style.

These are photos of the fabric taken by Spoonflower:

Fruit & Mushroom Count on Etsy

Today I received a message from a Spoonflower customer of mine, Jenelle Botts, who had recently purchased yardage of my ‘Fruit & Mushroom Count’ design. She kindly sent me a link to her Etsy shop Spools & Drool, to a page with a baby blanket she made with that fabric. I’m so pleased with this lovely blanket – you can view the listing here (click image). Thank you, Jenelle!

#1 for SOS Antarctica

I am delighted that my most recent design “SOS Antarctica” (see previous post) made it to #1 in Spoonflower’s penguin contest! I’ve been very lucky in the past few months in placing in the top 10 most weeks, but placing first remains an unexpected treat. Thank you to anyone who included my designs in their votes! Here are Spoonflower’s photos of the fabric:

You can view all contest entries and their vote tallies here: http://blog.spoonflower.com/2015/01/announcing-the-top-10-penguin-fabrics.html

Elementary Math Collection & Fabric Image

Math has never been my favourite school subject (actually, that’s an understatement!) but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to enter this week’s math contest at Spoonflower. I felt the urge to draw a math design that was full of colour and icons that might appeal to children in particular. In the top left, you see my entry for the contest, Elementary Math Lesson. The other designs are coordinates: an abacus, numbers and fruits/mushrooms as a counting tool – I have put them all on Spoonflower as repeat patterns. There are various matching chevrons I made as well.

Since this design placed #4 in this week’s contest, here is Spoonflower’s fabric image – thank you so much to all who voted!

Nutcracker Cheater Quilt: fabric images

My Nutcracker Cheater Quilt design made it into the top 10 in last week’s nutcracker contest! It was based on my Nutcracker Winter Forest design but completely rearranged into a geometric cheater quilt layout with linen texture and contains additional icons, including a rocking horse and castle towers. Thank you to all who included my design in their votes! This design is available for sale on fabric, gift wrap and wallpaper (click on photos).

Lush Winter Garden: fabric images

Another week that I was fortunate to place in the top 10 of Spoonflower’s contest, “winter toile” in a monochromatic palette as the theme. My drawing was inspired by the botanical or floral style of toile du jouy. These are photos of the fabric, taken by Spoonflower. The design is available as fabric, gift wrap and wallpaper here. You can view all of the contest entries here.

These are some of the pen sketches I used for the design:

There were so many stunning entries that were a lot more toile-style than mine. Here is one of my very favourites, by the extremely skilled and talented Vincent Desjardins. I love so many things about this design, including the wind-blowing cloud man, the black lab, the little house tucked behind a hill, the snow man and the beautiful style of every illustration. Click on it to see it in swatch- and yard view, or to purchase it.